[nes-uh-sair-uh-lee, -ser-]


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 word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at necessary, -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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as an inevitable or natural consequencegirls do not necessarily like dolls
as a certaintyhe won't necessarily come
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for necessarily

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

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