necessary

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From Middle English necessarye, from Old French necessaire, from Latin necessārius ‎(unavoidable, inevitable, indispensable, requisite), from necesse ‎(unavoidable, inevitable, indispensable), neuter adjective with esse and habeō ‎(I have), probably originating from ne cessum or non cessum, from ne ‎(not) + cessus, perfect passive participle of cēdō ‎(I yield); see cede.

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necessary ‎(comparative more necessary, superlative most necessary)

  1. needed, required
    • Shakespeare
      'Tis necessary he should die.
    • Tillotson
      A certain kind of temper is necessary to the pleasure and quiet of our minds.
  2. Such as must be; not to be avoided; inevitable.
    • Shakespeare
      Death, a necessary end, / Will come when it will come.
  3. Acting from necessity or compulsion; involuntary.
    Whether man is a necessary or a free agent is a question much discussed.

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necessary ‎(plural necessaries)

  1. (archaic, Britain) bathroom, toilet, loo

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