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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  A  privy;  a  water-closet. 
 
  3.  pl  (Law)  Such  things  in  respect  to  infants,  lunatics, 
  and  married  women,  as  are  requisite  for  support  suitable 
  to  station. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Death,  a  necessary  end  Will  come  when  it  will  come 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Impossible  to  be  otherwise,  or  to  be  dispensed  with 
  without  preventing  the  attainment  of  a  desired  result; 
  indispensable;  requiste;  essential.  ``'T  is  necessary  he 
  should  die.''  --Shak. 
 
  A  certain  kind  of  temper  is  necessary  to  the 
  pleasure  and  quiet  of  our  minds.  --Tillotson. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  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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