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

Synonyms & Antonyms for necessarily



  • 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 Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of these organizations. Innocent Eteng, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 July 2022 New cases as reported in Alaska’s health data don’t necessarily reflect the extent of the ongoing surge. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 23 July 2022 The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and may not necessarily reflect those held by Kestra Investment Services, LLC or Kestra Advisory Services, LLC. Eric Brotman, Forbes, 19 July 2022 Cops are more likely to arrest or charge someone with a crime in low-income neighborhoods dominated by people of color, a reality that doesn’t necessarily reflect where crime is happening, but where cops are spending their time. Pranshu Verma, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 The opinions expressed in commentary pieces are solely the views of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and beliefs of Fortune. Julia Belanova, Fortune, 14 July 2022 The views expressed here are theirs and do not necessarily reflect those of their school. Kellen Mermin-bunnell And Ariana M. Traub, STAT, 13 July 2022 But as the video reveals, distance doesn’t necessarily make the heart grow fonder – at least not when Gunna has a situationship in every city. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2022 And from the perspective of the business community, an increase in petitions and one-off unionization votes does not necessarily make a movement. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 14 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of necessarily

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Aug 2022

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“Necessarily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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