nec·​es·​sar·​i·​ly ˌne-sə-ˈser-ə-lē How to pronounce necessarily (audio)
: of necessity : unavoidably
The audience was necessarily small.
This endeavor necessarily involves some risk.
: as a logical result or consequence
… a holocaust is a disaster, but a disaster is not necessarily a holocaust.Harry Shaw

Examples of necessarily in a Sentence

the argument that the existence of the universe necessarily implies the existence of an all-powerful being responsible for creating it
Recent Examples on the Web But this wasn’t the necessarily the time for this kind of music. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 16 Feb. 2024 This will necessarily be predicated on the requirement that those countries prevent mass immigrant migrations towards our State/Country as well. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 In other words, the creation of a Jewish state would necessarily debilitate and collapse all other forms of Jewish identity and Jewish observance in the gravitational vortex of nationhood. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2024 None of these qualifications necessarily mean very much as long as Ukraine struggles with a months-long—and worsening—shortage of ammunition. David Axe, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 This doesn’t mean Meta should necessarily take down all altered posts. Lauren Feiner, The Verge, 5 Feb. 2024 Super Bowl parties can be polarizing by their very nature—not everyone is necessarily rooting for the same outcome, after all. Maya Wong, Sunset Magazine, 1 Feb. 2024 And yet, Chang doesn’t believe brett to necessarily be a flaw. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 4 Feb. 2024 If there were no supplies, or if there were no vaccinations, that would not be something new necessarily in many parts of Afghanistan, especially rural Afghanistan, where health care is quite a luxury, as opposed to Gaza. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of necessarily was in the 14th century

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“Necessarily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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