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necessary

adjective

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1 forcing one's compliance or participation by or as if by law
  • an emissions test is necessary before you can renew the registration for your car

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2 impossible to avoid or evade
  • taxes will always be a necessary evil

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necessary

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of necessary (Entry 2 of 2)

something necessary, indispensable, or unavoidable
  • a modest income that provided the family with only the necessaries of life

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“Necessary.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/necessary. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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