needs must


of necessity; necessarily (usually preceded or followed by must ): It must needs be so. It needs must be.

before 1000; Middle English nedis, Old English nēdes, orig. genitive of nēd need; see -s1 Unabridged
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needs (niːdz)
1.  (preceded or foll by must) of necessity: we must needs go; we will go, if needs must
pl n
2.  what is required; necessities: the needs of the third world; his needs are modest

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Word Origin & History

in archaic constructions involving must (late 14c.) is from O.E. nede, instr. and gen. sing. of nied (see need), used as an adverb reinforcing must, hence the genitive ending.
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