Definition of needful in English:

needful

Syllabification: need·ful
Pronunciation: /ˈnēdfəl
 
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adjective

  • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 2Needy: 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.

Derivatives

needfully

adverb
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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.

needfulness

noun
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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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