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Definition 1: anything indispensable - [noun denoting object]

Samples where necessary or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for necessary in the sense of this definition

(necessary is a kind of ...) a separate and self-contained entity

(... is a kind of necessary ) something desired as a necessity

"the desiderata for a vacation are time and money"

(... is a kind of necessary ) a necessary or essential thing

"seat belts are an absolute must"

(... is a kind of necessary ) anything that is necessary but lacking

"he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs" "I tried to supply his wants"

Definition 2: absolutely essential - [adjective denoting all]

(necessary is similar to ...) absolutely necessary; vitally necessary

"essential tools and materials" "funds essential to the completion of the project" "an indispensable worker"

(necessary is similar to ...) necessary (for someone) as a duty or responsibility; morally binding

"it is incumbent on them to pay their own debts"

(necessary is similar to ...) necessary for relief or supply

"provided them with all things needful"

(necessary is similar to ...) required by obligation or compulsion or convention

"he made all the obligatory apologies"

(means also ...) morally or legally constraining or binding

"attendance is obligatory" "an obligatory contribution"

(means also ...) basic and fundamental

"the essential feature"

(means also ...) not to be dispensed with; essential

"foods indispensable to good nutrition"

(... are attributes of necessary) the condition of being essential or indispensable

Definition 3: unavoidably determined by prior circumstances - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where necessary or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the necessary consequences of one's actions

(necessary is similar to ...) incapable of being avoided or prevented

"the inevitable result"

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