necessary


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Necessary \Nec"es*sa*ry\, a. [L. necessarius, from necesse
   unavoidable, necessary; of uncertain origin: cf. F.
   n['e]cessaire.]
   1. Such as must be; impossible to be otherwise; not to be
      avoided; inevitable.
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            Death, a necessary end,
            Will come when it will come.          --Shak.
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   2. Impossible to be otherwise, or to be dispensed with,
      without preventing the attainment of a desired result;
      indispensable; requisite; essential. "'T is necessary he
      should die." --Shak.
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            A certain kind of temper is necessary to the
            pleasure and quiet of our minds.      --Tillotson.
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   3. Acting from necessity or compulsion; involuntary; --
      opposed to free; as, whether man is a necessary or a
      free agent is a question much discussed.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Necessary \Nec"es*sa*ry\, n.; pl. Necessaries.
   1. A thing that is necessary or indispensable to some
      purpose; something that one can not do without; a
      requisite; an essential; -- used chiefly in the plural;
      as, the necessaries of life.
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   2. A privy; a water-closet.
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   3. pl. (Law) Such things, in respect to infants, lunatics,
      and married women, as are requisite for support suitable
      to station.
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