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[nes-uh-sair-uh-lee, -ser-] /ˌnɛs əˈsɛər ə li, -ˈsɛr-/
by or of necessity; as a matter of compulsion or requirement:
You don't necessarily have to attend.
as a necessary, logical, or inevitable result:
That conclusion doesn't necessarily follow.
Origin of necessarily
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at necessary, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We have no longer States that are necessarily only planting States.

  • It is not necessarily his own religious belief that he will select.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • It dawned on me, too, that God need not necessarily be to me what He is to others, nor to others what He is to me.

  • I had to take care of him, and the work on the grocery-house was necessarily stopped.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • Marriage might be the absorbing duty of some women, but was it necessarily hers?

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for necessarily


/ˈnɛsɪsərɪlɪ; ˌnɛsɪˈsɛrɪlɪ/
as an inevitable or natural consequence: girls do not necessarily like dolls
as a certainty: he won't necessarily come
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for necessarily

mid-15c., "inevitably, unavoidably," from necessary (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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