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. “'T is necessary he should die.”
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.
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.
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]