Definitions of necessary

  1. That can not be otherwise; not to be done without; essential; indispensable; as, food is necessary to life; not to be avoided.
  2. Indispensable; unavoidable.
  3. A requisite- used chiefly in pl.
  4. That must be or cannot be otherwise; indispensable; essential; inevitable; acting from necessity.
  5. Something indispensable; an essential.
  6. Such things, in respect to infants, lunatics, and married women, as are requisite for support suitable to station.
  7. Something indispensable.
  8. Being such that it must exist, occur, or be true; essential; unavoidable.
  9. Something necessary; an essential requisite.
  10. That cannot be otherwise; inevitable; essential; acting from necessity or compulsion; decisive by logical consequences.
  11. Such as must be; impossible to be otherwise; not to be avoided; inevitable.
  12. Something necessary; a domestic convenience.
  13. anything indispensable; " food and shelter are necessities of life"; " the essentials of the good life"; " allow farmers to buy their requirements under favorable conditions"; " a place where the requisites of water fuel and fodder can be obtained"
  14. Acting from necessity or compulsion; involuntary; - opposed to free; as, whether man is a necessary or a free agent is a question much discussed.
  15. A thing which can not be done without.
  16. Impossible to be otherwise, or to be dispensed with, without preventing the attainment of a desired result; indispensable; requiste; essential.
  17. A thing that is necessary or indispensable to some purpose; something that one can not do without; a requisite; an essential; - used chiefly in the plural; as, the necessaries of life.
  18. absolutely essential
  19. Needful: unavoidable: indispensable: not free.
  20. unavoidably determined by prior circumstances; " the necessary consequences of one's actions"

Usage examples for necessary

  1. But, first of all, could you find Blake if it were necessary? – Blake's Burden by Harold Bindloss
  2. Have you found the necessary man? – Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas
  3. The spring almost came again, before he was strong, and it was then necessary to take a change. – Greene Ferne Farm by Richard Jefferies
  4. But as no other place could be found, it was necessary to make the best of it. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  5. When he thought it necessary to give medicine, he gave it in earnest. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  6. " I don't know that it is necessary to read any good books but the good book," I said. – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  7. Who was the one that made it necessary? – The Living Link by James De Mille
  8. And yet this is necessary. – Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. I. by Gustav Freytag
  9. I do not think you understand that I am no longer a little girl, and that things necessary for a woman are necessary for me. – The Danger Mark by Robert W. Chambers
  10. " If it is necessary," said Ormsgill, " I must make it." – Long Odds by Harold Bindloss
  11. But I trust that the sacrifice will not be necessary. – Red Money by Fergus Hume
  12. Will you give the necessary orders? – Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930 by Various
  13. Many instances, were it necessary, might be brought to this purpose. – A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I. by Jacob Bryant
  14. It is only necessary to compare their position in school with their age. – Mentally Defective Children by Alfred Binet Théodore Simon
  15. In order to love human things, it is necessary to know them. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
  16. It was no longer necessary to make the best of things. – Anthony Lyveden by Dornford Yates
  17. It may not be necessary. – The Road to Frontenac by Samuel Merwin
  18. Is it absolutely necessary, Ellis? – By Berwen Banks by Allen Raine