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Synonyms for necessary
ˈnɛs əˌsɛr inec·es·sa·ry

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  1. necessarynoun


  2. necessaryadjective

    needed, required


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  1. necessary

    That is necessary which must exist, occur, or be true; which in the nature of things can not be otherwise. That which is essential belongs to the essence of a thing, so that the thing can not exist in its completeness without it; that which is indispensable may be only an adjunct, but it is one that can not be spared; vigorous health is essential to an arctic explorer; warm clothing is indispensable. That which is requisite (or required) is so in the judgment of the person requiring it, but may not be so absolutely; thus, the requisite is more a matter of personal feeling than the indispensable. Inevitable (Latin in, not, and evito, shun) is primarily the exact equivalent of the Saxon unavoidable; both words are applied to things which some at least would escape or prevent, while that which is necessary may meet with no objection; food is necessary, death is inevitable; a necessary conclusion satisfies a thinker; an inevitable conclusion silences opposition. An infallible proof is one that necessarily leads the mind to a sound conclusion. Needed and needful are more concrete than necessary, and respect an end to be attained; we speak of a necessary inference; necessary food is what one can not live without, while needful food is that without which he can not enjoy comfort, health, and strength.

    essential, indispensable, inevitable, infallible, needed, needful, required, requisite, unavoidable, undeniable

    casual, contingent, needless, non-essential, optional, unnecessary, useless, worthless

    Necessary to a sequence or a total; for or to a result or a person; unity is necessary to (to constitute) completeness; decision is necessary for command, or for a commander.

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  1. necessary

    certain, inevitable, indispensable, requisite, essential, compulsory, needful, expedient

    contingent, casual, optional, discretional, unnecessary, unessential, free

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. necessity, essential, requirement, requisite, necessaryadjective

    anything indispensable

    "food 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"

    essential, demand, requirement, requisite, necessity, prerequisite

    supererogatory, uncalled-for, avoidable, evitable, surplus, superfluous, spare, extra, avertible, excess, unnecessary, gratuitous, avertable, inessential, unneeded, needless, supernumerary, redundant

  2. necessaryadjective

    absolutely essential

    supererogatory, extra, inessential, surplus, redundant, superfluous, excess, spare, supernumerary, avertable, evitable, avertible, uncalled-for, needless, gratuitous, unnecessary, unneeded, avoidable

  3. necessaryadjective

    unavoidably determined by prior circumstances

    "the necessary consequences of one's actions"

    spare, supererogatory, avoidable, excess, superfluous, extra, avertable, inessential, unneeded, surplus, uncalled-for, evitable, unnecessary, needless, redundant, gratuitous, supernumerary, avertible

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  1. important

    every other thesaurus lists necessary as one synonym, and cambridge dictionary defines important as “necessary or of great value.”

    “eating is one of the most important things we do, because it’s necessary for life.”

    Submitted by SubHub3507 on May 25, 2021  

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. necessaryadjective

    inevitable, unavoidable, that must be, not to be avoided

  2. necessaryadjective

    requisite, essential, indispensable, needful, that cannot be spared

  3. necessaryadjective

    involuntary, not free

  4. necessarynoun

    requisite, requirement, necessity, essential, indispensable thing, SINE QUA NON

  5. necessarynoun

    privy, jakes, water-closet, back-house

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  1. necessaryadjective

    requisite, essential, needed, needful, indispensable inevitable, unavoidable

    nonessential, unnecessary, optional, discretional, casual, needless

  2. necessarynoun

    requisite, requirement, essential, sine qua non

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD0.0 / 0 votes

  1. necessary

    See Medically necessary, Necessary dental service or supply

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  1. Sandrine Koffi:

    I feel like I'm not a human being, why is it necessary to separate a mother from her child? Why is all of this necessary?

  2. Alan Alda:

    It isn't necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It's only necessary to be rich.

  3. Lucius Gary:

    When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change.

  4. George Will:

    We know next to nothing about virtually everything. It is not necessary to know the origin of the universe it is necessary to want to know. Civilization depends not on any particular knowledge, but on the disposition to crave knowledge.

  5. French President Francois Hollande:

    It will be very important for us to continue to keep up the necessary pressure, the necessary vigilance, for there to be peace in Ukraine, our trust in the goodwill of President (Vladimir) Putin is limited. It is why we have to maintain our decision about sanctions.

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