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[nuh-ses-i-tair-ee-uh-niz-uh m]
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  1. the doctrine that all events, including acts of the will, are determined by antecedent causes; determinism.
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Origin of necessitarianism

First recorded in 1850–55; necessitarian + -ism
Can be confuseddeterminism fatalism necessitarianism
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Related Words for necessitarianism

acceptance, stoicism, predestination, determinism, passivity, necessitarianism

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Historical Examples of necessitarianism

  • By denying the substantiality of the ego it also confirmed the necessitarianism of Spinoza.

    History of Modern Philosophy

    Alfred William Benn

  • His necessitarianism is modern, his scepticism is modern, and the difficulties in which it arises are modern too.

  • But the political reconstruction which he proposes is too much determined by this old nightmare of necessitarianism.

    What I Saw in America

    G. K. Chesterton

  • In philosophy, Collins takes a foremost place as a defender of Necessitarianism.

British Dictionary definitions for necessitarianism


necessarianism (ˌnɛsɪˈsɛərɪəˌnɪzəm)

  1. philosophy another word for determinism Compare libertarian
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Derived Formsnecessitarian or necessarian, noun, adjective
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