This is one of those phrases used very commonly (and apparently subject to lots of scrutiny on this website), but is difficult to define and also far too long to submit to a reverse dictionary.
Let's say there's a situation with two outcomes. If outcome Y occurs, this means X must also have occurred. However, if we're only told that X occurred, we know nothing on whether outcome Y occurred or not.
The specific example for which I need this adjective is describing venom in spiders:
All spiders are venomous, but not all spiders have lethal enough venom to kill humans.
In this case, “lethal to humans” is outcome Y and "venomous" is X: if you're told that a spider is lethal to humans, you know that it must be venomous, but if you're told that the spider is venomous, you have no idea whether or not it can kill humans.
I can also word it as “Just because a spider is venomous, does not necessarily mean it kills humans.”
This "just because... doesn't necessarily mean..." phrase is used so often in common English that I'm convinced that there has to exist a one-shot adjective to describe the entire situation.
Following is a list of words that others have suggested that I think aren't accurate - if I was interpreting any of these incorrectly, please let me know.
- mutually exclusive: would be correct if X and Y were traits that never occurred together
- syllogism: describes a different logical scenario (3 statements: major, minor, conclusion)
- modus ponens: only describes half of the relationship, the "Y implies X part"
- prerequisite: only describes X, I want an adjective that describes X and Y's relationship
- necessary and sufficient: only describes half of the relationship, the "Y implies X part," plus both words have different meanings in statistics and colloquial English
- co-dependent: only has an irrelevant definition in psychology
- converse implication: only describes Y, I want an adjective that describes X and Y's relationship
- materially conditional: only describes half of the relationship, the "Y implies X" part
What is the adjective?
TL;DR: "Individuals who value honesty above all tend to come off as insensitive to their peers, but just because I am honest does not necessarily mean I am insensitive. Thus, honesty and insensitivity are _____ traits."
What is the adjective that should fill in the blank?