Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “necessarily”

See all translations

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.
More examples
Translations of “necessarily”
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…
(Definition of necessarily from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of necessarily?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “necessarily” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pup

a baby of particular animals, or a puppy

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More