Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Of necessity; inevitably.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. inevitably; of necessity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a necessary manner; by necessity; unavoidably; indispensably.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a necessary manner; by necessity; so that it cannot be otherwise; inevitably.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in such a manner as could not be otherwise
  • adv. as a highly likely consequence
  • adv. in an essential manner

Etymologies

necessary +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

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