- Noun. necessarian .
- Noun. One who maintains the doctrine of philosophical necessity, in opposition to that of freedom of the will: opposed to ''libertarian''. (''The Century Dictionary'', The Century Co., New York, 1911).
- Adjective. Of or pertaining to necessity or necessitarianism: opposed to ''libertarian''.
The Arminian has entangled the Calvinist, the Calvinist has entangled the Arminian, in a labyrinth of contradictions. The advocate of free-will appeals to conscience and instinct — to an a priori sense of what ought in equity to be. The necessitarian falls back upon the experienced reality of facts. ''Froude'', Calvinism.(''The Century Dictionary'', The Century Co., New York, 1911). .