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Possibly not; not definitely or always. Because of the different income tax brackets here, a higher wage isn't necessarily a good thing, as you may end up paying more than you were before. A: "So are you moving in with your girlfriend now that your lease is up?" B: "Not necessarily. We've only been going out for a year, and a friend of mine has a spare bedroom."
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ˌnot necesˈsarily

used to say that something is possibly true but not definitely or always true: The more expensive articles are not necessarily better.Biggest doesn’t necessarily mean best. ♢ (spoken) ‘We’re going to lose.’ ‘Not necessarily.’
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It is necessary that it is necessary that there is at no proposition that is necessarily definite.
James McQuivey, an assistant professor at Boston University and author of a study of children's reading habits, says the popularity of electronic games does not necessarily mean that they were reading less.
The two approaches are not necessarily mutually exclusive, although the larger scale of the latter may limit the scale of information that is collected from participants.
They don't necessarily have to know if there is actual intercourse.
Placing taxes in pursuit of souls, as he is doing, is a favor neither to those taxed, nor necessarily to those saved.
Interestingly, Wright's Part Three includes recent essays, but the essays are decidedly not necessarily or even primarily about recent works by Brooks.
source gross income where the contribution may necessarily be used only in the United States.
Well fine, but unfortunately scientists are charged with presenting their best diagnosis of the situation, and they're not necessarily right.
In talking to people who've made counteroffers, I found that those who'd succeeded in keeping employees weren't necessarily better off than those who hadn't.
Protection against sunburn does not necessarily imply protection against other possible UV radiation effects, such as enhanced melanoma growth," Kripke and her co-workers report in the Jan.
Shown somewhere in your terms should be the statement that your foundry is not necessarily bound by the customer's terms.
Results of operations for the most recent quarter are not necessarily indicative of operating results for any future periods.
Shade plants do not necessarily need more water than sun plants; rather, it is the humidity that makes a difference in their overall health.
You can have the most highly educated, most informed child around," he says, "but they are not necessarily the ones making the decisions about what they do on the farm and where they are allowed to go.
The Tax Court agreed with Continental that the deduction under revenue procedure 96-64 did not necessarily match the actual expenses.