One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1That state of things which obliges something to be as it is because no alternative is logically possible.
- ‘Hence, in his terms, there are physical necessity, logical necessity, mathematical necessity, and moral necessity.’
- ‘If we regard features as components of complex entities, a taxonomy - as a matter of logical necessity - has to be acquired ‘top-down’.’
- ‘First, the George Washington quote points us helpfully towards the modality of moral obligation in place of the modality of logical necessity.’
- ‘Nevertheless, he did not prove their logical necessity.’
- ‘The logical necessity for carriers' liability to support a visa regime is surely self-evident.’
- ‘All necessity, they hold, can in this way be reduced to logical necessity.’
- ‘In demanding for empirical statements the safeguard of logical necessity, these philosophers have failed to see that they would thereby rob them of their factual content.’
- 1.1count noun A thing which logically must be so.
- ‘Indeed, these justifications are widely assumed to be, in some sense, universal, because they are taken to be logical necessities.’
- ‘The internal logical necessities of atomic physics and the war led to the bomb.’
- ‘We do not observe compliance to authority merely because it is a transient cultural or historical phenomenon, but because it flows from the logical necessities of social organization.’
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