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needful

[need-fuh l] /ˈnid fəl/
adjective
1.
necessary or required:
needful supplies.
2.
Idioms
3.
the needful, Slang. money, especially immediately available cash:
They haven't the needful for a car right now.
Origin
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English; see need, -ful
Related forms
needfully, adverb
needfulness, noun
unneedful, adjective
unneedfully, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for need-fulness

needful

/ˈniːdfʊl/
adjective
1.
necessary; needed; required
2.
(archaic) needy; poverty-stricken
noun
3.
(informal) the needful, money or funds do you have the needful?
4.
do the needful, to perform a necessary task
Derived Forms
needfully, adverb
needfulness, noun
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