EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS adjective necessary or required: needful supplies. Idioms the needful, . Slang money, especially immediately available cash: They haven't the needful for a car right now. Origin of needful Middle English
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-ful Related forms need·ful·ly, adverb need·ful·ness, noun un·need·ful, adjective un·need·ful·ly, adverb
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needful to implore them since they found the assurance so difficult to believe.
needful, therefore, to understand it as accurately as may be, however we may judge it.
needful to extricate him from this drudgery and let him follow up his aspirations.
I have lodged the
needful in the bank, to purchase a commission for you, my son.
The seamen in return purvey the
needful luxuries for lumber-camps. British Dictionary definitions for needful adjective necessary; needed; required archaic needy; poverty-stricken noun the needful informal money or funds do you have the needful? do the needful to perform a necessary task Derived Forms needfully, adverb needfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for needful adj.
niedfulle, "needy," from need (n.) + -ful. Meaning "characterized by need" is from mid-13c.; meaning "indispensable" is from mid-14c.; noun meaning "what is necessary" is from 1709. Colloquial sense of "cash" is recorded from 1774 in phrase the needful "money." Related: Needfully.
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