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[nuh-ses-i-tair-ee-uh n]
  1. a person who advocates or supports necessitarianism (distinguished from libertarian).
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  1. pertaining to necessitarians or necessitarianism.
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Origin of necessitarian

First recorded in 1790–1800; necessit(y) + -arian
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Examples from the Web for necessitarian

Historical Examples of necessitarian

  • 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.


    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.

Word Origin and History for necessitarian


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

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