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n. Philosophy
The doctrine holding that all being is necessarily in the state that it is and denying any notion of possibility.

ne·ces′si·tar′i·an adj. & n.
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(nəˌsɛs ɪˈtɛər i ən)

1. a person who advocates or supports necessitarianism (disting. from libertarian).
2. pertaining to necessitarians or necessitarianism.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.necessitarian - someone who does not believe the doctrine of free will
Calvinist, Genevan - an adherent of the theological doctrines of John Calvin
determinist, fatalist, predestinarian, predestinationist - anyone who submits to the belief that they are powerless to change their destiny
philosopher - a specialist in philosophy
libertarian - someone who believes the doctrine of free will
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References in periodicals archive ?
The Biographia Literaria (1817) refers to "the impious and pernicious tenets defended by Hume, Priestley, and the French fatalists or necessitarians; some of whom had perverted metaphysical reasonings to the denial of mysteries and indeed of all the peculiar doctrines of christianity." (13) The Statesman's Manual unsympathetically refers to "the same Scotch philosopher, who devoted his life to the undermining of the Christian religion; and expended his last breath in a blasphemous regret that he had not survived it." (14) The charge of blasphemy is repeated in the 1818-1819 Lectures on the History of Philosophy, in which Coleridge dismisses, as he would throughout his Marginalia, the "spider" argument from Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (1779).
Debate between Humean contingentists and anti-Humean necessitarians in the philosophy of science is ongoing.
(10.) Leckey and Bigelow 1995, are realists and necessitarians about laws, who specifically endorse the coherence of miracles, pp.