necessary

Everyone can agree that certain things are necessary for survival: food, water, shelter. Some people might add chocolate to that list. Necessary refers to anything you can't do without.

Necessary, cede, and cease all come from the same root, cedere, which is Latin for "to go away" or "to give something up." When something's necessary, you won't give it up. That fudge-covered brownie sundae from your favorite ice-cream shop? It might seem like a decadent treat, but if you're a true chocolate lover you'll insist that it's as necessary as a warm jacket in winter.

Definitions of necessary
1

adj absolutely essential

Synonyms:
obligatory
morally or legally constraining or binding
essential
basic and fundamental
indispensable
not to be dispensed with; essential
essential, indispensable
absolutely necessary; vitally necessary
incumbent
necessary (for someone) as a duty or responsibility; morally binding
needed, needful, required, requisite
necessary for relief or supply
obligatory
required by obligation or compulsion or convention
Antonyms:
unnecessary, unneeded
not necessary
inessential, unessential
not basic or fundamental
excess, extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus
more than is needed, desired, or required
gratuitous, needless, uncalled-for
unnecessary and unwarranted
inessential
not absolutely necessary
spare
kept in reserve especially for emergency use
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adj unavoidably determined by prior circumstances

“the necessary consequences of one's actions”
Synonyms:
inevitable
incapable of being avoided or prevented

n anything indispensable

Synonyms:
essential, necessity, requirement, requisite
Antonyms:
inessential, nonessential
anything that is not essential
Types:
desideratum
something desired as a necessity
must
a necessary or essential thing
need, want
anything that is necessary but lacking
Type of:
thing
a separate and self-contained entity

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