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[nes-uh-sair-uh-lee, -ser-] /ˌnɛs əˈsɛər ə li, -ˈsɛr-/
by or of necessity; as a matter of compulsion or requirement:
You don't necessarily have to attend.
as a necessary, logical, or inevitable result:
That conclusion doesn't necessarily follow.
Origin of necessarily
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see necessary, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for necessarily
  • The students who thrive are not necessarily the ones who come in with the perfect scores.
  • Some experts say aggression in dogs is not necessarily breed-specific-owners may share the blame.
  • The idea that different sensory inputs are necessarily processed in disparate regions may be obsolete.
  • It is true that people are kind but not necessarily welcoming to an outsider.
  • Those wonderful prewar buildings might have soundproof walls, but not necessarily soundproof windows.
  • Your perception of how you did in a given interview is necessarily limited.
  • Satellites can pinpoint some algae blooms but not necessarily determine the species that cause them.
  • Less time in the kitchen may mean more time with the family, but not necessarily.
  • Gourmet ingredients weren't necessarily an advantage.
  • But as often happens, simple questions do not necessarily have simple answers.
British Dictionary definitions for necessarily


/ˈnɛsɪsərɪlɪ; ˌnɛsɪˈsɛrɪlɪ/
as an inevitable or natural consequence: girls do not necessarily like dolls
as a certainty: he won't necessarily come
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for necessarily

mid-15c., "inevitably, unavoidably," from necessary (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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