Part of speech:
(Like “eat,” “try,” and “want,” all transitive verbs do something to an object.
You eat a banana, try a game, and want a new phone.
Likewise, something necessitates something else.)
Obviously, something you need is necessary or is a necessity.
And when one thing necessitates a second thing, that means the first thing makes the second thing necessary, or makes it needed. In other words, to necessitate something is to cause it to be required or cause it to be needed.
This super-easy word is worth looking at because it often helps you make your point faster. Instead of saying "(Event) made it necessary for us to (act)," you can say "(Event) necessitated (action)."
necessitated, necessitating, necessitative, necessitation
How to use it:
Say that some event or condition necessitates a particular action, approach, effort, or cost: frizzy hair necessitates good products to keep it in control, her worsening condition necessitates surgery, the school's funding shortage necessitates fundraisers year after year.
You'll see some folks writing "necessitates the need for," but in my view, nothing necessitates that redundancy. :)
The paperwork that our overseas move necessitated seemed pretty excessive, considering we weren't technically leaving the country.
I won't mention how much I disliked that restaurant unless an invitation to go there again necessitates it.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "necessitate" means when you can explain it without saying “require" or "make unavoidable."
Think of something you've bought (or something you've avoided buying) that you have to keep on buying stuff for, and fill in the blanks: "Unfortunately / Predictably / Frustratingly / Of course, buying _____ also necessitates buying _____."
Example: "Of course, buying a Soda Stream machine with the intent of spending less money on soft drinks also necessitates buying the carbon refill thingees all the time, so I think I'll pass."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
Our game for July is called A Verbal Tour of the US. I’ll ask you a trivia question each day this month about the names of US cities, states, geographic features, etc. Try it out each day, and see the right answer the next day. Happy verbal trails to you!
This state’s motto is “Fatti maschii, parole femine,” meaning “Manly deeds, womanly words.” That’s not just cute but also fitting: the state’s name is feminine. What is it?
Try this one today:
The official flower of two states is the Rosa arkansana. What does the flower’s name mean? And which two states does it represent? Hints: Neither is Arkansas! One is the only state whose two-letter abbreviation is two vowels, and other’s name consists of two words, one of which is still there thanks to two state legislature rulings against those who wanted to drop it from the name.
A Point Well Made:
Leonard Cohen: “If I knew where inspiration came from, I would go there more often.”
1. The opposite of NECESSITATE is
2. The evidence just doesn't paint a full picture, necessitating _____.
A. confusion all around
B. a more thorough investigation
C. accounts that contradict each other
Answers are below.
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