needful

adjective
need·ful | \ˈnēd-fəl \

Definition of needful 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being in need

needful

noun

Definition of needful (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something needed or requisite

2 : money

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Other Words from needful

Adjective

needfully \ˈnēd-fə-lē \ adverb
needfulness noun

Examples of needful in a Sentence

Adjective

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

And yet the poetic vision is the one thing needful to release a spiritual power, indescribably great, for the exaltation of multitudes. New York Times, "Notes From the Book Review Archives," 4 May 2018 In other words, the State of the Union originally helped the executive and legislative branches deliberate, promoting needful legislation and effective administration. Charles Zug, Washington Post, "What happened to the State of the Union address? Originally, it helped the president and Congress deliberate.," 30 Jan. 2018 Some great little loan additions, deep analysis of upcoming opponents and the needful tactical tweaks...but nothing. SI.com, "6 First Impressions From the Beta Launch of Football Manager 18," 30 Oct. 2017 In his first address to Congress, Bush told several stories to describe the most needful beneficiaries of tax cuts — the working class. David Weigel, Washington Post, "On taxes, George W. Bush sounded more populist than Trump," 30 Aug. 2017 For a more prudent and productive approach, putting an experienced voice for reform and choice at the top of the federal education bureaucracy is a good — and needful — place to start. Orange County Register, "Voice for choice as secretary of education," 18 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of needful

Adjective

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of needful was in 1614

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needful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of needful

: needed or necessary

: in a state of needing something

needful

adjective
need·ful | \ˈnēd-fəl \

Kids Definition of needful

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

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