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need·ful

 (nēd′fəl)
adj.
1. Necessary; required: needful repairs.
2. Being in need of something: "The mother ... is attracted, distracted, needful of the outside world just when the child requires her to be focused, steady, home" (Anne Roiphe).
n.
(used with a pl. verb) Needy people considered as a group: programs that provided jobs for the needful.

need′ful·ly adv.
need′ful·ness n.

needful

(ˈniːdfʊl)
adj
1. necessary; needed; required
2. archaic needy; poverty-stricken
n
3. the needful informal money or funds: do you have the needful?.
4. do the needful to perform a necessary task
ˈneedfully adv
ˈneedfulness n

need•ful

(ˈnid fəl)

adj.
1. necessary or required: needful supplies.
2. needy.
[1200–50]
need′ful•ly, adv.
need′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.needful - necessary for relief or supply; "provided them with all things needful"
necessary - absolutely essential

needful

adjective necessary, needed, required, essential, vital, imperative, indispensable, stipulated, requisite I will do whatever is needful to obtain the release of my friends.

needful

adjective
Incapable of being dispensed with:
Translations

needful

[ˈniːdfʊl]
A. ADJnecesario
B. N the needfulel cumquibus

needful

adj (old)notwendig, nötig (for, to für, zu)
n (inf: = what is necessary) to do the needfuldas Nötige tun

needful

[ˈniːdfʊl] adj (old) → necessario/a
References in classic literature ?
Money is a needful and precious thing, and when well used, a noble thing, but I never want you to think it is the first or only prize to strive for.
A knowledge of men's hearts will be needful to the completest solution of that problem.
The first time Stubb lowered with him, Pip evinced much nervousness; but happily, for that time, escaped close contact with the whale; and therefore came off not altogether discreditably; though Stubb observing him, took care, afterwards, to exhort him to cherish his courageousness to the utmost, for he might often find it needful.
He ordered the best hay with plenty of oats, crushed beans, and bran, with vetches, or rye grass, as the man might think needful.
To picture the harvest fields of the future, to which millions of happy men and women come for a summer holiday, brought by special trains, the exactly needful number to each place
It standeth to reason that the bolts were fast; where- fore it was only needful to establish a watch, so that if any broke the bonds he might not escape, but be taken.
It was agreed all around that we had done wisely, because it would be just as enjoyable to walk DOWN the Neckar as up it, and it could not be needful to walk both ways.
And now, when weighed down by the pains and aches of old age, when the head inclines to the feet, when the beginning and ending of human existence meet, and helpless infancy and painful old age combine to- gether--at this time, this most needful time, the time for the exercise of that tenderness and affection which children only can exercise towards a declining parent--my poor old grandmother, the devoted mother of twelve children, is left all alone, in yonder little hut, before a few dim embers.
I have seen in his face a far different expression from that which hardens it now while she is so vivaciously accosting him; but then it came of itself: it was not elicited by meretricious arts and calculated manoeuvres; and one had but to accept it--to answer what he asked without pretension, to address him when needful without grimace--and it increased and grew kinder and more genial, and warmed one like a fostering sunbeam.
Catherine reflected an instant, with knitted brows - she found it needful to smooth the way for an intrusion.
Vanstone had more than the average share of a woman's tenacity and a woman's tact; and she took all the needful precautions, in those early days, which her husband's less ready capacity had not the art to devise -- precautions to which they were largely indebted for the preservation of their secret in later times.
Every afternoon at about the time when the public lamps were lighted, they fared forth on this duty, and made and brought home such purchases as were needful.