Definition of necessitarian in English:

necessitarian

noun

Philosophy
  • another term for determinist (see determinism)
    • ‘Early modern historians are at last freeing themselves from the thrall of a typology which has conditioned them to accept necessitarian theories of change based on nineteenth- and twentieth-century events.’
    • ‘Hume defends the necessitarian point of view by arguing that all human actions are caused by antecedent motives.’
    • ‘A recent elucidation of a necessitarian approach to causality is found in Harre and Madden.’
    • ‘More fundamentally, he neglects to work out the contradiction between Lincoln's commitment to necessitarian philosophy and to libertarian political economy.’

Pronunciation

necessitarian

/nəˌsɛsɪˈtɛːrɪən/