nec·​es·​sar·​i·​ly | \ ˌne-sə-ˈser-ə-lē \

Definition of necessarily 

1 : of necessity : unavoidably The audience was necessarily small. This endeavor necessarily involves some risk.
2 : as a logical result or consequence … a holocaust is a disaster, but a disaster is not necessarily a holocaust.— Harry Shaw

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the argument that the existence of the universe necessarily implies the existence of an all-powerful being responsible for creating it

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Under federal law, companies do not necessarily have to adjust pregnant women’s jobs, even when lighter work is available and their doctors send letters urging a reprieve. Natalie Kitroeff, The Seattle Times, "Miscarrying at work: the physical toll of pregnancy discrimination," 26 Oct. 2018 The child won't necessarily have the same title as his or her cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Royal Titles Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Kids Have?," 15 Oct. 2018 Moss also pointed out that someone maintaining their clearance after leaving office doesn’t necessarily have access to classified information – unless a current agency requests it. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "What are security clearances and why do some former officials still have them?," 21 Aug. 2018 Yet skeptics basking in bitcoinfreude shouldn’t forget that early froth doesn’t necessarily mean an asset is flawed. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Bitcoin Wasn’t a Bubble Until It Was," 14 Dec. 2018 So even if no one is reviewing Musk’s tweets right now, that doesn’t necessarily mean no one will ever review them. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Elon Musk doesn’t respect the SEC, which is still investigating Tesla," 14 Dec. 2018 Caring about craft does not necessarily mean writing in stuffy New Yorker voice (not that there’s anything wrong with that). David Roberts, Vox, "My advice for aspiring explainer journalists," 9 Dec. 2018 Researchers are finding that Alzheimer’s symptoms and the presence of amyloid and tau do not necessarily go hand in hand. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 But bear with us for a second, because even if a manufacturer claims that their trailer is lightweight, that’s not necessarily true. Megan Barber, Curbed, "5 lightweight camper trailers you can buy right now," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of necessarily

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of necessarily

—used to say that something is necessary and cannot be changed or avoided

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