necessarily

[ nes-uh-sair-uh-lee, -ser- ]
/ ˌnɛs əˈsɛər ə li, -ˈsɛr- /

adverb

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.

Nearby words

  1. nec,
  2. necator,
  3. necatoriasis,
  4. necessarian,
  5. necessaries,
  6. necessary,
  7. necessary condition,
  8. necessary stool,
  9. necessitarian,
  10. necessitarianism

Origin of necessarily

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

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British Dictionary definitions for necessarily

necessarily

/ (ˈnɛsɪsərɪlɪ, ˌnɛsɪˈsɛrɪlɪ) /

adverb

as an inevitable or natural consequencegirls do not necessarily like dolls
as a certaintyhe won't necessarily come
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Word Origin and History for necessarily

necessarily

adv.

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

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