necessary evil definition, necessary evil meaning | English dictionary




1    needed to achieve a certain desired effect or result; required  
2    resulting from necessity; inevitable  
the necessary consequences of your action     
3      (Logic)  
a    (of a statement, formula, etc.) true under all interpretations or in all possible circumstances  
b    (of a proposition) determined to be true by its meaning, so that its denial would be self-contradictory  
c    (of a property) essential, so that without it its subject would not be the entity it is  
d    (of an inference) always yielding a true conclusion when its premises are true; valid  
e    (of a condition) entailed by the truth of some statement or the obtaining of some state of affairs,   (Compare)        sufficient       2  
4      (Philosophy)   (in a nonlogical sense) expressing a law of nature, so that if it is in this sense necessary that all As are B, even although it is not contradictory to conceive of an A which is not B, we are licensed to infer that if something were an A it would have to be B  
5    Rare   compelled, as by necessity or law; not free  
6    Informal   preceded by: the   the money required for a particular purpose  
7    do the necessary  
Informal   to do something that is necessary in a particular situation,   (See also)        necessaries  
     (C14: from Latin necessarius indispensable, from necesse unavoidable)  
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le bien et le mal
assez gagne qui malheur perd
à peine endure le mal qui ne l'a appris
celui qui ne punit pas le mal, l'invite
à chaque jour suffit sa peine
avec un cheval obéissant, le fouet n'est pas nécessaire
ce qu'on ne peut empêcher, il faut le vouloir
ce n'est pas assez de tout lire, il faut digérer ce qu'on lit
ce n'est pas assez de savoir monter à cheval, il faut aussi savoir tomber
ce n'est pas le tout de se lever le matin, il faut encore arriver à l'heure
ce n'est pas tout d'avoir bonne cause, il faut encore savoir solliciter
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