• adjective: so important that you must do it or have it
  • adjective: of an inevitable nature
  • synonyms: absolute, apodictic, backhouse


  • There is no 'necessary connection' between what is legal and what is moral. [=what is legal does not always have to be moral and what is moral does not always have to be legal]

  • Higher prices are a 'necessary consequence' of the company's new services.

  • I'll 'do the necessary' [=do whatever is necessary] to get the job done.

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