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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. 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.

Origin: L. Necessarius, from necesse unavoidable, necessary; of uncertain origin: cf. F. Necessaire.