Meaning of “necessarily” in the English Dictionary

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"necessarily" in British English

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necessarilyadverb

uk /ˈnes.ə.ser.ɪl.i/ us /ˈnes.ə.ser.ɪl.i/

B2 used in negatives to mean "in every case" or "therefore":

The fact that something is cheap doesn't necessarily mean it's of low quality.
You can love someone without necessarily wanting to marry them.
That's not necessarily true.

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  • Just because I agreed last time, it doesn't necessarily follow that I will do so again.
  • Wisdom and maturity don't necessarily go together.
  • Those duties will necessarily devolve on/upon me.
  • The figures are not necessarily accurate.
  • The conclusion necessarily follows from the premises.

(Definition of “necessarily” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"necessarily" in American English

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necessarilyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˌnes·əˈseər·ə·li, ̠-ˈser-/

(esp. in negatives) in all cases; as an expected result:

Money doesn’t necessarily buy happiness.
"These cheap glasses will break easily." "Not necessarily."

(Definition of “necessarily” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)