necessarily necessarily  /ˌnɛ sə ˈsɛ rə li/


  1. (adv) in an essential manner
  2. (adv) in such a manner as could not be otherwise
  3. (adv) as a highly likely consequence


  1. In the wake of the spinach scare, even the friendliest food can seem like a biological hazard, and scrubbing alone won't necessarily wipe out pesticides or bacteria.
  2. Not necessarily in that order.
  3. A: Well it wouldn't necessarily be inappropriate but it would sound really pompous.


  1. Parents' Activity Unlikely to Influence Teen Fitness

    Teens don't necessarily follow in their parents' footsteps when it comes to physical activity, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Newswise

  2. 5NEWS Fit: Aging Healthy

    It’s not necessarily about the length of your life, but the quality. That’s why Eldridge Retirement Community in Des Moines,...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: KFSM Ft. Smith-Fayetteville

  3. Your Company Needs An Enemy, And Here's The Data To Prove It

    Your antagonist doesn't necessarily need to be another business. Positioning yourself against an idea could, in fact, be the most durable approach. Social labels are like clothes: people love them when they think they look good in them, but hate them when they don’t fit well. A variety of research proves this to be the case--a study from Stanford even found that voter turnout increased when ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Fast Company Magazine


  1. "The Constitution leaves the District of Columbia a variety of tools for combating [handgun violence], including some measures regulating handguns : [b]ut the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the...
    on Jun 27, 2008 By: Antonin Scalia Source: Mineral Wells Index

  2. "A lot of people like America. They may not sometimes necessarily like the president but they like America," Bush told a reporter from Slovenia.
    on Feb 8, 2005 By: President Bush Source: Daily Press

  3. "They still have to put pieces around those guys, and they'll have a chance. They'll have a chance," Smith said. "Remember, I go back to the Laker days when they loaded up all those guys over there but that doesn't necessarily guarantee...
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Otis Smith Source: FOXNews

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