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English adjective: necessary

1. necessary absolutely essential


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


See alsoessential, indispensable, obligatory


Attributenecessity


Antonymsunnecessary, unneeded

2. necessary unavoidably determined by prior circumstances


SamplesThe necessary consequences of one's actions.


Similarinevitable


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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