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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NEEDFUL

It was needful to implore them since they found the assurance so difficult to believe.

It is needful, therefore, to understand it as accurately as may be, however we may judge it.

Money was needful to extricate him from this drudgery and let him follow up his aspirations.

I have lodged the needful in the bank, to purchase a commission for you, my son.

The seamen in return purvey the needful luxuries for lumber-camps.

Larcher imparted what it was needful that Tompkins should know.

It is your manhood, not your money, that is needful for success.

Men will be conscripted to the extent that it is wise and just and needful.

He remained a few moments behind to take some needful things.

But we both know it is not true; I have merely been a needful accessory.

WORD ORIGIN

late 12c., niedfulle, "needy," from need (n.) + -ful. Meaning "characterized by need" is from mid-13c.; meaning "indispensable" is from mid-14c.; noun meaning "what is necessary" is from 1709. Colloquial sense of "cash" is recorded from 1774 in phrase the needful "money." Related: Needfully.

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