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Pronunciation: /ˈnesəseri; ˈnesəsəri/

Translation of necessary in Spanish:


  • 1 (required) necesario he never does more than is absolutely necessary nunca hace más de lo estrictamente necesario it is absolutely necessary es imprescindible or preciso we can always give it another coat of paint, if necessary siempre le podemos dar otra mano de pintura, si fuera necesarioto be necessary (for sb) to + infinitive/infinitivo it's necessary for all of you to be there es necesario que estén todos allí it wasn't necessary for you to be informed no era necesario que se te informara was it really necessary to be so rude? ¿había necesidad de ser tan grosero?
    Example sentences
    • We had always stayed out of each others private business, prying only when we deemed it absolutely necessary.
    • A jury of experts reviewed a draft of the survey and made changes where necessary.
    • Often it's impossible for the architect of a company to make the changes necessary to ensure it survives.
  • 2 (inevitable) [conclusion/result] inevitable, lógico a necessary evil un mal necesario
    Example sentences
    • As much as I'd like to think that spying doesn't happen, it's going to happen as a necessary consequence of competition.
    • The magazine, he says, is ‘a necessary consequence of their superstar status’.
    • He saw radical skepticism as a necessary consequence of the misery of the human condition.


  • 1.1 (what is required) [colloquial/familiar] the necessary lo que hace falta, lo necesario 1.2the necessaries (supplies) lo necesario

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