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Related to necessitarianism: contingent
The doctrine holding that all being is necessarily in the state that it is and denying any notion of possibility.
ne·ces′si·tar′i·an adj. & n.
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neˌcessiˈtarian, ˌnecesˈsarian n, adj
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ne•ces•si•tar•i•an•ism(nəˌsɛs ɪˈtɛər i əˌnɪz əm)
the doctrine that all events, including acts of the will, are determined by antecedent causes; determinism.
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the doctrine of the determinism of the will by antecedent causes, as opposed to that of the f reedom of the will. Also called necessarianism. Cf. determinism, fatalism, libertarianism. — necessitarian, n., adj.See also: Philosophy
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