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Definition of Necessary


  1. Such as must be; impossible to be otherwise; not to be avoided; inevitable.
  2. Impossible to be otherwise, or to be dispensed with, without preventing the attainment of a desired result; indispensable; requiste; essential.
  3. Acting from necessity or compulsion; involuntary; -- opposed to free; as, whether man is a necessary or a free agent is a question much discussed.
  4. 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.
  5. A privy; a water-closet.
  6. Such things, in respect to infants, lunatics, and married women, as are requisite for support suitable to station.
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Necessary Translations

necessary in Afrikaans is nodig
necessary in Dutch is nodig, benodigd
necessary in Italian is necessario, necessario, occorrente
necessary in Latin is necessarius, necessarius, necesse
necessary in Spanish is necesario, necesitario