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English adjective: necessary

1. necessary absolutely essential

Similaressential, incumbent, indispensable, needed, needful, obligatory, required, requisite

See alsoessential, indispensable, obligatory


Antonymsunnecessary, unneeded

2. necessary unavoidably determined by prior circumstances

SamplesThe necessary consequences of one's actions.


Antonymsavertable, avertible, avoidable, evitable

English noun: necessary

1. necessary (object) anything indispensable

SamplesFood 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.

Synonymsessential, necessity, requirement, requisite

Broader (hypernym)thing

Narrower (hyponym)desideratum, must, need, want

Antonymsinessential, nonessential

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