Something that is undesirable but must be accepted: for many, paying taxes is at best a necessary evil
More example sentences
- In fact they enter the course regarding cryptography as a necessary evil that must be endured in order for them to obtain an Information Security qualification.
- If this was making inroads into the problem then many Americans would reluctantly accept this as a necessary evil.
- But if lights are occasionally necessary, they are a necessary evil.
Definition of a necessary evil in:
- The US English dictionary