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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
Recent Examples on the Web For that reason, the tax increase information on each bond proposition below is not necessarily a net increase to property taxes. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Here are the bond packages Anchorage will vote on in the April election," 18 Feb. 2020 But this doesn’t necessarily equate to higher scientific understanding and literacy among men. Jessica Scarfuto, Science | AAAS, "Do you trust science? These five factors play a big role," 16 Feb. 2020 Taylor said part of the problem is that in a city with such significant levels of poverty, new drivers can't necessarily pay for drivers' education classes. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How Milwaukee mayoral candidates plan to address some of the city's pressing issues," 14 Feb. 2020 Analyzing records that covered 2013-15, investigators discovered that most of the audited pharmacies, along with a software company and a drug compounding service also scrutinized, weren't necessarily filling prescriptions. CBS News, "In anti-fraud effort, feds to probe how telemarketers get hands on seniors' Medicare info," 14 Feb. 2020 Now, as is often the case in the restaurant world, the vision is necessarily shifting slightly. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Best New Restaurant No. 7: Pernoi, Birmingham," 13 Feb. 2020 But even that wouldn’t necessarily solve the problem. Popular Science, "Coronavirus shows our health agencies are ill prepared for fake news," 11 Feb. 2020 One loss or victory is not necessarily enough to move a team up or down the seed line. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky basketball compares with selection committee's early March Madness four seeds," 10 Feb. 2020 When data protection or security weaknesses are found in such tests, the culprit may not necessarily always be promptly addressed. Lukasz Olejnik, Wired, "India's Data Protection Bill Threatens Global Cybersecurity," 8 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of necessarily

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Feb 2020

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“Necessarily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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

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