to make necessary or unavoidable: The breakdown of the car necessitated a change in our plans.
to compel, oblige, or force: The new wage demand will necessitate a price increase.
- ne·ces·si·ta·tion, noun
- ne·ces·si·ta·tive, adjective
- pre·ne·ces·si·tate, verb (used with object), pre·ne·ces·si·tat·ed, pre·ne·ces·si·tat·ing.
- un·ne·ces·si·tat·ed, adjective
- un·ne·ces·si·tat·ing, adjective
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How to use necessitate in a sentence
The coronavirus pandemic necessitated a virtual offseason, and there were no preseason games to develop chemistry or help first-year players navigate the leap from college to the pros.AFC South thrives and the Steelers stay unbeaten in NFL Week 11 | Cindy Boren, Mark Maske, Des Bieler | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
This necessitates bringing to the table every key player—from manufacturers, distributors, and delivery services to providers, payers, and public health experts—to build the strongest distribution approach possible.We can’t rely on just one company to distribute COVID vaccines | jakemeth | November 20, 2020 | Fortune
In that scenario, which would necessitate a full-scale rebuild, parting with so many picks could prove to be disastrous.NBA free agency tracker (plus trades): Warriors acquire Kelly Oubre; 76ers trade Al Horford to Thunder | Ben Golliver | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
The coronavirus pandemic necessitated a virtual offseason and there were no preseason games to develop chemistry or help first-year players navigate the leap from college to the pros.The 2020 rookie class is taking the NFL by storm. Here’s what that means for the future. | Neil Greenberg | November 18, 2020 | Washington Post
As Ghebreyesus observed, the ethics of allowing a disease to spread for the purpose of immunity and necessitating the long-term isolation of high-risk individuals is problematic.The idea of herd immunity to manage the coronavirus should ring alarm bells | Rebecca Kaplan | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
He activism necessitated setting aside what he calls “a glamorous life before [he] spoke out against tobacco.”
The conclusion of such deals, of course, both necessitated and created ministerial and other bureaucratic exchanges.Natural Gas Is Not Singlehandedly Reshaping The Mediterranean | Allison Good | November 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Of course, financing these subsidies necessitated cutting costs elsewhere—in this case, the salaries of top government officials.
Also, because of a last-minute change of venue necessitated by the weather, there will be no balloon drop following his speech.
That would have necessitated a similar leap into the dressing rooms of Armani, or perhaps Donna Karan.
The quickening of one part of the process necessitated the "speeding up" of all the others.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
This, of course, increased the friction and necessitated the use of a still stronger spring.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
Their bills were based on the pounds weight delivered, and new designs necessitated new patterns and new troubles.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
This journey necessitated an absence of twelve months, during which time Robert expected his bride to arrive.Robert Moffat | David J. Deane
At every halt which this groping search necessitated, scores of tired men would fall asleep and drop out of their saddles.
British Dictionary definitions for necessitate
to cause as an unavoidable and necessary result
(usually passive) to compel or require (someone to do something)
- necessitation, noun
- necessitative, adjective
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