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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 ?
These fellow-mortals, every one, must be accepted as they are: you can neither straighten their noses, nor brighten their wit, nor rectify their dispositions; and it is these people--amongst whom your life is passed--that it is needful you should tolerate, pity, and love: it is these more or less ugly, stupid, inconsistent people whose movements of goodness you should be able to admire-- for whom you should cherish all possible hopes, all possible patience.
It is so needful we should remember their existence, else we may happen to leave them quite out of our religion and philosophy and frame lofty theories which only fit a world of extremes.
He could not go to bed, feeling that it was absolutely needful for him first to think thoroughly over the position that had just arisen.
I think better of you for looking steadily to the needful.
So it came about that at the council at Malo-Yaroslavets, when the generals pretending to confer together expressed various opinions, all mouths were closed by the opinion uttered by the simple-minded soldier Mouton who, speaking last, said what they all felt: that the one thing needful was to get away as quickly as possible; and no one, not even Napoleon, could say anything against that truth which they all recognized.
It might perhaps be carried further than was needful, but it was an error of the right hand if it was an error, for by this she kept up the reputation, such as it was, of her business, and obtained this character, that though she did take care of the women when they were debauched, yet she was not instrumental to their being debauched at all; and yet it was a wicked trade she drove too.
Call me out to stop these riots--give me the needful authority, and half-a-dozen rounds of ball cartridge--'
He ordered the best hay with plenty of oats, crushed beans, and bran, with vetches, or rye grass, as the man might think needful.
These are the steps which I think it needful to take at present.
It is also worthy of a sensible and generous nobility to divide the poor amongst them, and supplying them with what is necessary, induce them to work; or to imitate the conduct of the people at Tarentum: for they, permitting the poor to partake in common of everything which is needful for them, gain the affections of the commonalty.
present showed the needful respect for their hostess.
The motion of a raft is the needful motion; it is gentle, and gliding, and smooth, and noiseless; it calms down all feverish activities, it soothes to sleep all nervous hurry and impatience; under its restful influence all the troubles and vexations and sorrows that harass the mind vanish away, and existence becomes a dream, a charm, a deep and tranquil ecstasy.