AskDefine | Define necessary

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necessary adj
1 absolutely essential [ant: unnecessary]
2 unavoidably determined by prior circumstances; "the necessary consequences of one's actions" n : 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" [syn: necessity, essential, requirement, requisite] [ant: inessential]

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  • /ˈnɛsəˌsɛɹi/


  1. needed, required


needed, required


  1. In the context of "archaic|British": bathroom, toilet, loo

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