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." "A certain kind of temper is necessary to the pleasure and quiet of our minds." (Tillotson)
Origin: L. Necessarius, from necesse unavoidable, necessary; of uncertain origin: cf. F. Necessaire.
(01 Mar 1998)
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