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needful

adjective need·ful \ ˈnēd-fəl \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of needful

1 : being in need

needfully

play \ˈnēd-fə-lē\ adverb

needfulness

noun

Examples of needful in a Sentence

  1. What's most needful now is patience.

  2. let's first help the needful families in our own community

Recent Examples of needful from the Web

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First Known Use of needful

1671


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needful

noun

Definition of needful

1 : something needed or requisite
2 : money

Examples of needful in a Sentence

  1. fortunately, the family had the needful to stock up the larder before the long hard winter

  2. packed a warm jacket and other needfuls for an autumn weekend in the country

First Known Use of needful

1614


NEEDFUL Defined for English Language Learners

needful

adjective

Definition of needful for English Language Learners

  • : needed or necessary

  • : in a state of needing something


NEEDFUL Defined for Kids

needful

adjective need·ful \ ˈnēd-fəl \

Definition of needful for Students

: 1necessary
  • … bring her back, by force, if needful
  • —Charles Dickens, The Cricket on the Hearth


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