- 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.
Origin of necessitate
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- to cause as an unavoidable and necessary result
- (usually passive) to compel or require (someone to do something)
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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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