necessitate

[nuh-ses-i-teyt]
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verb (used with object), ne·ces·si·tat·ed, ne·ces·si·tat·ing.
  1. to make necessary or unavoidable: The breakdown of the car necessitated a change in our plans.
  2. to compel, oblige, or force: The new wage demand will necessitate a price increase.

Origin of necessitate

1620–30; < Medieval Latin necessitātus, past participle of necessitāre to compel, constrain. See necessity, -ate1
Related formsne·ces·si·ta·tion, nounne·ces·si·ta·tive, adjectivepre·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, adjectiveun·ne·ces·si·tat·ing, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of necessitating

  • You could lose control and crash into another car, or another vehicle could crash into you, necessitating expensive repairs.

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  • Above those, however, are the Superfund sites—places that have sustained major, long-term damage, necessitating years of cleanup.

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British Dictionary definitions for necessitating

necessitate

verb (tr)
  1. to cause as an unavoidable and necessary result
  2. (usually passive) to compel or require (someone to do something)
Derived Formsnecessitation, nounnecessitative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for necessitating

necessitate

v.

1620s, from Medieval Latin necessitatus, past participle of necessitare "to render necessary," from Latin necessitas (see necessity). Earlier verb in English was necessen (late 14c.). Related: Necessitated; necessitates; necessitating.

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