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Definition of the verb necessitate

What does necessitate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: necessitated | necessitating | necessitates

  1. require as useful, just, or proper
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2]Success requires hard work
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2] from [Source]Success requires hard work from us
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2, arbitrary control with -ing]Success requires working long hours
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2, for-complement clause]Success requires for us to work hard
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2, that-complement clause]Success requires that we work hard

      Require Verbs (with the same syntax): demand, involve, need, require, take.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of necessitate: ask / call for / demand / involve / need / postulate / require / take
    • antonym of necessitate: obviate
    • more specific terms:
      • claim / exact / take = take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
      • govern = require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
      • draw = require a specified depth for floating
      • cost = require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice
      • cry out for / cry for = need badly or desperately
      • compel = necessitate or exact
  2. cause to be a concomitant
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: lead = tend to or result in
    • more specific words: entail / imply / mean = have as a logical consequence

Alternative definition of the verb necessitate


  1. To require something to be brought about.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for necessitate

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Google previewMaking a Difference (2017)

Essays on the Philosophy of Causation by Helen Beebee, Christopher Hitchcock, Huw Price

The most that any plausible specification of the definitive effects of pain will necessitate is that one exhibit some form of behaviour of a very general ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge (1806)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

To NECESSITATE, v. a. [from nrtessitat. Lat.} To make necessary ; not to leave free ; to exempt from choice. — Halt thou proudly ascribed the good thou halt done to thy own strength, or imputed thy sins and follies to the necessitating ...

Google previewA Law Dictionary (1969)

by J.A. Ballentine

Ex necessitate. 0f necessity. Ex necessitate legis. By necessity of law.

Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of Roman Law (1968)

Ex necessitate (necessitate cogente) = by the compulsion of the situation ( circumstances), emergency. Ant. nulla necessitate cogente. Syn. necessitudo. — See coactus VOLUI, METUS, VIS, SPONTE. Koscbaker, ConfCatt 1940, 180.

Google previewThe new encyclopædia; or, Universal dictionary ofarts and sciences (1807)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

* To NECESSITATE, v. a. [from * cessitai, Lat.] To make necessary ; npt to leave free ; to exempt from choice.— Haft thou proudly ascribed the good thou hast done to thy own strength, or imputed thy fins aud follies to the necessitating ...

Google previewThe Cyclopedic Law Dictionary (1922)

With an Exhaustive Collection of Legal Maxims by Walter A. Shumaker, George Foster Longsdorf

EX DOLO MALO NON EX NECESSITATE REI fraud or deceit, it cannot be supported, ex dolo malo non oritur actio. EX DOLO MALO NON ORITUR ACTIO. A right of action cannot arise out of fraud. Broom, Leg. Max. 349; Cowp. 343; 2 C. B. ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of AIDS (2003)

by G.C. Satpathy

However, the successful development of effective HIV preventive vaccines is likely to necessitate that many different candidate vaccines be studied simultaneously in different populations globally. Subsequently it will require a large ...

Google previewOxford English Mini Dictionary (2013)

by Charlotte Buxton

necessitate v. make necessary. necessity n. (pl. necessities) 1 the fact of being necessary. 2 something essential. neck n. 1 the part connecting the head to the rest of the body. 2 a narrow connecting ...

Google previewThe Cyclopedic Dictionary of Law

by W.A. Shumaker

Ex NECESSITATE REI EX INTEGRO. fol. 293. EX JUSTA CAUSA (LatJ From a just or lawful cause; by a just or legal title. EX LEGE. By law; by operation of law. EX LEGIBUS (Lat. according to the laws). A phrase of the civil law, which means ...

Google previewDammii Lexicon Pindaricum ex integro ejus opere etymologico excerptum, et justa serie dispositum. Edited by Henry Huntingford (1814)

by Christian Tobias DAMM, Henry HUNTINGFORD

еду aim/wet, necessitate coactus, Py .

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Each coming together of man and wife, even if they have been mated for many years, should be a fresh adventure; each winning should necessitate a fresh wooing. (Marie Carmichael Stopes)
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Scrabble value of N1E1C3E1S1S1I1T1A1T1E1

The value of this 11-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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