Necessary

Definition of Necessary

Nec´es`sa`ry
a.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; requisite; essential.
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.
n.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.(Law) Such things, in respect to infants, lunatics, and married women, as are requisite for support suitable to station.

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