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necessarily

adverb uk   /ˈnes.ə.ser.ɪl.i/ us  
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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in Chinese (Traditional) (用於否定句)不可避免地,必然地…
in Chinese (Simplified) (用于否定句)不可避免地,必然地…
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