necessarily

adverb
nec·​es·​sar·​i·​ly | \ ˌne-sə-ˈser-ə-lē How to pronounce necessarily (audio) \

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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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

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But like Microsoft’s relationship with Slack, Microsoft isn’t necessarily adverse to partnering with potential adversaries. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "5 Google G Suite changes that will improve your life," 11 Apr. 2019 The technique is a subtle way to give the lips a fuller effect without necessarily adding color. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle's Been Using a Genius Makeup Trick Nobody Noticed Until Now," 31 Mar. 2019 The demise of Wow doesn't necessarily portend skyrocketing airfare, so don't dash those dreams of a cheap Euro-trip just yet. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Are the Discount Airlines Doomed?," 29 Mar. 2019 Lawmakers don’t necessarily want to be associated with them. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Gun Violence Is a Women's Issue," 27 Mar. 2019 And, fact is, the GOP’s women issue isn’t necessarily a Trump issue. Rebecca Gale, Marie Claire, "Elise Stefanik Is Going to Bring Women Back to the GOP," 25 Mar. 2019 But don’t go overboard: This is one time when more is not necessarily better. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How Much Mulch Do I Need? Here's the Easiest Way to Find Out," 6 Feb. 2019 Facebook is apparently far from actually releasing the coin, so don’t necessarily expect to see a real-world implementation anytime soon. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Facebook reportedly building cryptocurrency for WhatsApp money transfers," 21 Dec. 2018 The two most likely scenarios, and not necessarily in this order,involve him being traded or being designated for assignment and then picked up by another club. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers continue to talk trades, but are they getting anywhere?," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of necessarily

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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necessarily

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of necessarily

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

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