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[nuh-ses-i-teyt] /nəˈsɛs ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used with object), necessitated, necessitating.
to make necessary or unavoidable:
The breakdown of the car necessitated a change in our plans.
to compel, oblige, or force:
The new wage demand will necessitate a price increase.
Origin of necessitate
1620-30; < Medieval Latin necessitātus, past participle of necessitāre to compel, constrain. See necessity, -ate1
Related forms
necessitation, noun
necessitative, adjective
prenecessitate, verb (used with object), prenecessitated, prenecessitating.
unnecessitated, adjective
unnecessitating, adjective Unabridged
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  • A certain proportion of this may be solid work, such as theological or other study, necessitating close application.

    The Priestly Vocation Bishop Bernard Ward
  • Only it had the inconvenience of necessitating the sacrifice of a piece of handkerchief.

    The Mysterious Island Jules Verne
  • The remark was, in fact, made in an uncontrollable burst of anger, necessitating the severing of all diplomatic relations.

    The Whirligig of Time Wayland Wells Williams
  • This gun also shelled the wagons as they came into camp, necessitating their halting under cover and coming in later.

  • On the other hand, it has the disadvantage of necessitating the employment of heavy fly-wheel to preserve cyclic regularity.

  • Some thing would break on the cars or blow out on the engine every few miles, necessitating a long stop for repairs.

  • It was in the ninth inning, necessitating another to decide the matter.

  • Stop when this point is reached or the edge will become feathery and break off, necessitating regrinding.

    The Boy Craftsman A. Neely Hall
British Dictionary definitions for necessitating


verb (transitive)
to cause as an unavoidable and necessary result
(usually passive) to compel or require (someone to do something)
Derived Forms
necessitation, noun
necessitative, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for necessitating



1620s, from Medieval Latin necessitatus, past participle of necessitare "to render necessary," from Latin necessitas (see necessity). Earlier verb in English was necessen (late 14c.). Related: Necessitated; necessitates; necessitating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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