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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

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Learning how things used to be shows me that the way things are now isn’t necessarily the only way. Phillip Morris,, "Politicians beware, the girls of Laurel School are watching you: Phillip Morris," 9 June 2019 The collaborations aren’t necessarily designed to boost overall sales, says Sucharita Kodali, an ecommerce and retail analyst at the market research firm Forrester. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Amazon's Quest to Be Fashionable Continues," 8 June 2019 With Gasol and Lowry, the efficiency isn’t necessarily important; sheer volume serves a purpose. Michael Shapiro,, "Kyle Lowry and the Factors That Allowed His Return to Form," 7 June 2019 Boulder County and Weld County don’t necessarily agree on policy. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: What the heck does “local control” even mean?," 6 June 2019 Not that iTunes, which had become bloated through the years, was necessarily a favorite even among some Apple diehards. Edward Baig, USA TODAY, "Where's my Apple Music and your other WWDC questions answered," 6 June 2019 What lasts isn’t necessarily the initial surge of momentum when a coach is hired, a new-coach bounce, so to speak. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU-bound Trayce Jackson-Davis trumpets Hoosiers on the All-Star trail," 6 June 2019 American architecture is all of this, held together under one giant gable roof—even if architecture magazines don’t necessarily reflect that fact. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Virginia McAlester Is the Most Popular Architecture Writer in America," 6 June 2019 Receiver Braxton Miller didn’t get the kind of separation that Arcega-Whiteside had gotten earlier, but the decision to throw a jump ball there wasn’t necessarily a bad one. Jeff Mclane,, "Eagles Practice Observations: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside shines in the red zone; Sidney Jones caps solid OTAs with an INT; Malik Jackson arrives," 5 June 2019

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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

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

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