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needs

[needz] /nidz/
adverb
1.
of necessity; necessarily (usually preceded or followed by must):
It must needs be so. It needs must be.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English nedis, Old English nēdes, orig. genitive of nēd need; see -s1
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British Dictionary definitions for needs must

needs

/niːdz/
adverb
1.
(preceded or foll by must) of necessity: we must needs go, we will go, if needs must
plural noun
2.
what is required; necessities: the needs of the third world, his needs are modest
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Word Origin and History for needs must

needs

adv.

"of necessity, necessarily," in archaic constructions involving must (late 14c.) is from Old English nede, instrumental and genitive singular of nied (see need), used as an adverb reinforcing must, hence the genitive ending.

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