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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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NECESSAR, adj., n. Also necessare, -er, nessessar. [′nɛsɛsər]

I. adj. Necessary, needful, requisite (Sc. 1787 J. Beattie Scoticisms 60; Sh., ne.Sc., em.Sc.(a), Ayr. 1963).Slg. 1701 Trans. Slg. Arch. Soc. (1926) 42:
Members discharged to maintain apprentices of all bulements nessessar, only bed and burd the time of their prentishipe.
Ags. 1740 A. Jervise Memorials (1885) II. 304:
Letters of horning and other Executions necesser.
Edb. 1821 W. Liddle Poems 50:
Adversity is necessar If it's not too severe.
Ayr. 1823 Galt Howdie, etc. (1923) 31:
For, ye should know, an it were necessar' to tell you, that I was a stranger at Leeds.
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xviii.:
It's vera necessar' for ane an' a' o's to tak' a side, the side o' richt prenciple.
Wgt. 1912 A.O.W.B. Fables frae French 67:
A wee bit in'ard blawin' 's a' I see That's necessar; then big an' strong I'se be!

Hence necessarly, adv., necessarily (Sc. 1787 J. Beattie Scoticisms 60).

II. n. In pl.: necessaries, requisites (Sh. 1963).Abd. 1705 Abd. Jnl. N. & Q. VI. 268:
Given to my wife sixteine libs. Scots to buy necessars to the house.
Sh. 1730 Old-Lore Misc. (1913) VI. i. 33:
As for any necessars she wants, I hop you will be so good as order them for her.
Ayr. 1821 Galt Ayr. Legatees x:
Buying a few necessars, we prepared for Scotland.
wm.Sc. 1854 Laird of Logan 304:
New dresses and ither necessars for our domestic establishment.

[In O.Sc. = I. from a.1400, = II. from 1386; necessarlie, 1490. Ad. Lat. necessar-ius, necessary.]

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