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necessary

nec·es·sar·y

necessary

 
 
pronunciation:
ne s ser i
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: needed; essential.
Water is necessary for human life.They don't have the necessary funds to begin the project.
synonyms:
essential, indispensable, requisite
antonyms:
needless, superfluous, unnecessary
similar words:
basic, fundamental, living, needed, needful, obligate, staple, vital
definition 2: required or expected under given circumstances.
Passing the test is necessary in order to get a driver's license.It's necessary to pay a deposit if you want to rent the equipment.He sulked privately, but he made the necessary apologies.
synonyms:
compulsory, expected, mandatory, obligatory, required
antonyms:
needless, uncalled-for, unnecessary
similar words:
customary, requisite, usual
definition 3: unavoidable; inevitable.
A huge argument is the necessary result of putting those two in the same room together.
synonyms:
ineluctable, inescapable, inevitable, unavoidable
similar words:
certain, consequential, irresistible, natural, sure
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part of speech: noun
inflections: necessaries
definition 1: something that is necessary.
She considers a good education one of necessaries of life.
synonyms:
essential, must, necessity, requisite, sine qua non
antonyms:
inessential
similar words:
exigency, fundamental, imperative, indispensable, need, obligation, requirement
definition 2: (pl.) in law, the basics such as food, clothing, and shelter required by one's dependents.
It's my job to make sure that the child has all the necessaries while she's in your care.
similar words:
essentials, staples
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