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[nuh-ses-i-tair-ee-uh n] /nəˌsɛs ɪˈtɛər i ən/
a person who advocates or supports necessitarianism (distinguished from libertarian).
pertaining to necessitarians or necessitarianism.
Also, necessarian.
Origin of necessitarian
First recorded in 1790-1800; necessit(y) + -arian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Conduct, according to the necessitarian, depends on knowledge.

    Short Studies on Great Subjects James Anthony Froude
  • An intimate friend of his was a necessitarian—that's the term, is it not?

  • It is the latter hypothesis which is expressed by the necessitarian theory.

    Evolution Frank B. Jevons
  • How can the necessitarian account for such facts in consistency with his theory?

  • I cannot deny, the necessitarian replies, that you have correctly stated this doctrine.

  • I can give no other answer, the necessitarian replies, than that already given.

  • Ask the necessitarian to give the grand argument in favor of his doctrine.

  • I summoned Desmarais to me; he answered not my call: he was from home,—an unfrequent occurrence with the necessitarian valet.

    Devereux, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It remains with the necessitarian to account for the existence of this idea in the human mind, in consistency with his own theory.

  • We are now prepared for a distinct statement of the doctrine of Ability, according to the necessitarian scheme.

Word Origin and History for necessitarian

1754, from necessity + -arian. As an adjective from 1739. Related: Necessitarianism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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