Definition of necessarily adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌnesəˈserəli//
, also BrE//ˈnesəsərəli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌnesəˈserəli//
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  • used to say that something cannot be avoided The number of places available is necessarily limited.
  • Idioms  used to say that something is possibly true but not definitely or always true The more expensive articles are not necessarily better. Biggest doesn't necessarily mean best. ‘We're going to lose.’ ‘Not necessarily.’
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: necessarily