- The definition of necessary is being essential or required.
An example of necessary is a high school diploma or GED to obtain college admittance.
A high school diploma is necessary for admission to college.
- that cannot be dispensed with; essential; indispensable: the nutriments necessary to life
- resulting from necessity; inevitable: a necessary result
- that must be done; mandatory; not voluntary
- not free to choose; compelled by circumstances: a necessary agent
- inherent in the situation; undeniable; unavoidable from the premises
- Archaic rendering some essential and intimate service
Origin of necessaryMiddle English ; from Classical Latin necessarius ; from necesse, unavoidable, necessary ; from ne-, not + cedere, to give way: see cede
- a necessary thing; thing essential to life, some purpose, etc.: often used in pl.
- Dialectal a privy or toilet
- Law those things essential to maintaining a dependent or incompetent in comfort and well-being
- Needed or required: a contract complete with the necessary signatures; conditions necessary to life. See Synonyms at indispensable.
- a. Unavoidably determined by prior conditions or circumstances; inevitable: the necessary results of overindulgence.b. Logically inevitable: a necessary conclusion.
- Required by obligation, compulsion, or convention: made the necessary apologies.
Origin of necessaryMiddle English necessarie, from Old French necessaire, from Latin necessārius, from necesse; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more necessary, superlative most necessary)
- (archaic, UK) bathroom, toilet, loo
From Middle English necessarye, from Old French necessaire, from Latin necessÄrius (â€œunavoidable, inevitable, indispensable, requisiteâ€), from necesse (â€œunavoidable, inevitable, indispensableâ€), neuter adjective with esse and habeÅ (â€œI haveâ€), probably originating from ne cessum or non cessum, from ne (â€œnotâ€) + cessus, perfect passive participle of cÄ“dÅ (â€œI yieldâ€); see cede.