Definition of needful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈniːdfʊl/


1 formal Necessary; requisite: a further word was needful
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  • The roads are also needful for safe delivery of agricultural inputs to the small-scale farmers themselves.
  • This is a kind of cultural fostering in which the role of parents is reduced to agents providing the money to buy in what is needful for a rich and complete childhood.
  • It was hardly needful for Katy to answer with her lips a question to which her tell-tale cheeks had made instant reply.
2 dated Needy: she gave her money away to needful people
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  • I'd like to think that Elvis was there for all who were needful, or hard of heart.
  • The proposed minimum wage boost would hurt the very ones who are most needful of jobs - the poor.
  • Generous to a fault (and also needful to an extreme), Nouwen never quite found a place to call home except in his final years with the disabled.


(the needful)
What is necessary: I call upon the authorities to do the needful
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  • At this stage - and for less money - I'm prepared to take the job and hire six graduates from Napier and Heriot Watt Universities to do the needful.
  • Even had he the benefit of the scaffolding erected behind Firhill's western end, it is doubtful whether he would have been able to do the needful.
  • The game was just two minutes old when Hawks were lured offside under their own posts and Bernard Hennessey did the needful.



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  • On the presidential campaign trail, though, it might be more accurate to describe him as needfully verbose.
  • She brushed the stuffed animals onto the floor and drew him needfully into her arms.


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  • So many times kids question the needfulness of things they study.
  • The argument should be about the needfulness and the efficacy of the specific reforms that the government is carrying out.
  • In their third encounter, Sarah seeks out Eddie at the bus station cafe and wordlessly communicates her needfulness.
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