from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make necessary or unavoidable.
- transitive v. To require or compel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To require something to be brought about.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make necessary or indispensable; to render unavoidable.
- transitive v. To reduce to the necessity of; to force; to compel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make necessary or indispensable; render unavoidable; cause to be a necessary consequence.
- To force irresistibly; compel; oblige; impel by necessity.
- To reduce to a state of need; threaten or oppress by necessity or need, or the prospect of need.
- Synonyms To constrain, drive.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. require as useful, just, or proper
- v. cause to be a concomitant
Medieval Latin necessitāre, necessitāt-, from Latin necessitās, necessity; see necessity.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin necessitatus, past participle of necessitare ("to make necessary"), from Latin necessitas ("necessity"); see necessity. (Wiktionary)