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[nuh-ses-i-teyt] /nəˈsɛs ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used with object), necessitated, necessitating.
to make necessary or unavoidable:
The breakdown of the car necessitated a change in our plans.
to compel, oblige, or force:
The new wage demand will necessitate a price increase.
Origin of necessitate
1620-30; < Medieval Latin necessitātus, past participle of necessitāre to compel, constrain. See necessity, -ate1
Related forms
necessitation, noun
necessitative, adjective
prenecessitate, verb (used with object), prenecessitated, prenecessitating.
unnecessitated, adjective
unnecessitating, adjective Unabridged
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  • The weaker sound vibrations of air necessitate an ear-drum.
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  • Such an accomplishment would necessitate all the attributes and perspective of deity.
  • Unfortunately, the subsurface geology and geothermal reservoir dynamics still necessitate pumping heated fluids from depth.
  • It is my opinion that wealthy societies create situations where necessitate excess.
  • Certainly, welcome the new, but it does not necessitate regulating the old.
British Dictionary definitions for necessitate


verb (transitive)
to cause as an unavoidable and necessary result
(usually passive) to compel or require (someone to do something)
Derived Forms
necessitation, noun
necessitative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for necessitate

1620s, from Medieval Latin necessitatus, past participle of necessitare "to render necessary," from Latin necessitas (see necessity). Earlier verb in English was necessen (late 14c.). Related: Necessitated; necessitates; necessitating.

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