Definition of necessarily in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɛsəs(ə)rɪli/
Pronunciation: /ˌnɛsəˈsɛrɪli/


As a necessary result; inevitably: the prognosis can necessarily be only an educated guess
More example sentences
  • Cognitive decline with age is not inevitable, nor does it necessarily lead to dementia.
  • If you believe in one you don't necessarily have to believe in the other and each has it's arguments.
  • This is not to say that this research is necessarily unstable and invalid, but that we simply do not know.
automatically, as a direct consequence/result, as an automatic consequence/result, as a matter of course, by definition, certainly, surely, definitely, incontrovertibly, undoubtedly, axiomatically
unavoidably, of necessity, by force of circumstance, by force majeure, inevitably, inescapably, ineluctably;
Latin nolens volens
informal like it or not
formal perforce


not necessarily

(As a response) what has been said or suggested may not be true or unavoidable.

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