[ nes-uh-sair-uh-lee, -ser- ]
See synonyms for necessarily on
  1. by or of necessity; as a matter of compulsion or requirement: You don't necessarily have to attend.

  2. as a necessary, logical, or inevitable result: That conclusion doesn't necessarily follow.

Origin of necessarily

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at necessary, -ly

Words Nearby necessarily Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use necessarily in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for necessarily


/ (ˈnɛsɪsərɪlɪ, ˌnɛsɪˈsɛrɪlɪ) /

  1. as an inevitable or natural consequence: girls do not necessarily like dolls

  2. as a certainty: he won't necessarily come

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