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Necessary, 1) indispensably requisite, needful: “dispossessing all my other parts of n. fitness,” Meas. II, 4, 23. “a harmless, n. cat,” Merch. IV, 1, 55. “a nimble hand is n. for a cutpurse,” Wint. IV, 4, 686. Wint. IV, 4, 686 H4A I, 2, 215. H8 I, 2, 77. Troil. III, 3, 230. Cor. II, 1, 91. Caes. II, 1, 178. Hml. III, 2, 47. Lr. IV, 3, 7. Ant. V, 2, 50. Followed by a subjunctive: “it is n. that he keep his vow,” H5 IV, 7, 146. “it were but n. you were waked,” H6B III, 2, 261. By should: “'tis n. he should die,” Tim. III, 5, 2.
2) unavoidable: “nor gives to n. wrinkles place,” Sonn. 108, 11. “as horns are odious, they are n.” As III, 3, 52. “by the n. form of this King Richard might create a perfect guess that great Northumberland. . . . would grow to a greater falsehood,” H4B III, 1, 87. “death, a n. end,” Caes. II, 2, 36. “most n. 'tis that we forget to pay ourselves what to ourselves is debt,” Hml. III, 2, 202.
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