[[t]ne̱sɪse̱rɪli, -srɪli[/t]]
1) ADV: with neg, ADV group, ADV before v (vagueness) If you say that something is not necessarily the case, you mean that it may not be the case or is not always the case.

Anger is not necessarily the most useful or acceptable reaction to such events...

Speed and safety are not necessarily incompatible...

A higher fee does not necessarily mean a better course.

CONVENTION If you reply `Not necessarily', you mean that what has just been said or suggested may not be true.

`He was lying, of course.' - `Not necessarily.'...

`So we're trapped.' - `Not necessarily.'

2) ADV: ADV before v, ADV group If you say that something necessarily happens or is the case, you mean that it has to happen or be the case and cannot be any different.

Brookman & Langdon were said to manufacture the most desirable pens and these necessarily command astonishingly high prices...

Tourism is an industry that has a necessarily close connection with governments.


English dictionary. 2008.

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