Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To make necessary or unavoidable.
  • transitive verb To require or compel.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • Necessitated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make necessary or indispensable; to render unavoidable.
  • transitive verb To reduce to the necessity of; to force; to compel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To require something to be brought about.

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

  • verb require as useful, just, or proper
  • verb cause to be a concomitant

Etymologies

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

[Medieval Latin necessitāre, necessitāt-, from Latin necessitās, necessity; see necessity.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Medieval Latin necessitatus, past participle of necessitare ("to make necessary"), from Latin necessitas ("necessity"); see necessity.

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