What's most needful now is patience.
let's first help the needful families in our own community Noun
fortunately, the family had the needful to stock up the larder before the long hard winter
packed a warm jacket and other needfuls for an autumn weekend in the country
Recent Examples on the Web: AdjectiveFor Queen and other Black poets, hip-hop is not only beats and rhymes but something more needful.
Adam Bradley, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2021 Oxfam exhorts its supporters to send things to the needful Cratchits of the developing world.
Matthew Sweet, The Economist, 4 Dec. 2020 McBride was touched by the way, in their later years, Marcroft was the primary caregiver for Joyce, who had become needful of that care.
Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Nov. 2020 Many proponents of critical race theory — whose animating idea is that race is the one thing needful, the single lens through which all other phenomena should be viewed — are indeed trying to compel compliance.
Greg Weiner, National Review, 10 Sep. 2020 Soon we may be pressed into other kinds of service—adult medicine, or ICU medicine, or whatever is most needful.
Anastasia Edel, The New York Review of Books, 22 Mar. 2020 Vincent had pushed his sunglasses back across his forehead, which made his face seem small, like that of a needful pet.
New York Times, 18 Feb. 2020 Within this needful drama, though, there are plenty of light touches.
Kyle Smith, National Review, 11 July 2019 Or not being able to provide something immediately needful to your children.
Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 26 Sep. 2019
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