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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  • unnecessarily
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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
Recent Examples on the Web Capouch anticipated achieving the mark in one of those two games, but not necessarily the first one. Michael Osipoff,, 11 Jan. 2022 Temperatures are constantly fluctuating, and climbers can’t necessarily use the same holds as the people before them. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Jan. 2022 But the missing births were not necessarily directly related to personal hardship; for some, the general state of affairs was worrying enough, Levine said. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2022 High school rules state that the game ends at the buzzer, not necessarily if the clock reads zero. Lori Riley,, 10 Jan. 2022 Not necessarily playing at a high level, just to get out there. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 9 Jan. 2022 Still, Kansas City cannot necessarily afford to coast in this game. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2022 Any discussion of long-term benefits from omicron necessarily views the situation at the 30,000-foot level, because the country and much of the world is in the middle of a health crisis. Joel Achenbach And Carolyn Y. Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Jan. 2022 Starting quarterbacks aren’t even necessarily disgruntled. Chris Hays,, 7 Jan. 2022

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of necessarily

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

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