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EtymologyEdit

An early modern German formation: Not (need) +‎ wendig (maneuverable, agile), originally “necessary to avert the distress”, compare die Not abwenden.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈnoːtˌvɛndɪç/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /ˈnoːtˌvɛndɪk/ (most southern German, Austrian, and Swiss speakers)
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AdjectiveEdit

notwendig (comparative notwendiger, superlative am notwendigsten)

  1. necessary; essential; indispensable

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