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  • adj. Needful or proper; behoving; beneficial.


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From Middle English behoveful, equivalent to behoof +‎ -ful.


  • They are not so behoveful: he that can tell his money hath arithmetic enough: he is a true geometrician, can measure out a good fortune to himself; a perfect astrologer, that can cast the rise and fall of others, and mark their errant motions to his own use.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Not that these things (as I said of fasting) are to be discommended of themselves, but very behoveful in some cases and good: sobriety and contemplation join our souls to God, as that heathen [6459] Porphyry can tell us.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • All things flow from thence: and whatsoever it is that is, is both necessary, and conducing to the whole (part of which thou art), and whatsoever it is that is requisite and necessary for the preservation of the general, must of necessity for every particular nature, be good and behoveful.


  • For nothing that is behoveful unto the whole, can be truly hurtful to that which is part of it.


  • "Ecclesiastical Polity," Book I., had affirmed the sovereignty or legislative power of the people as the ultimate authority, and had also declared for an original social contract, "all public regiment of what kind soever seemeth evidently to have risen from deliberate advice, consultation, and composition between men, judging it convenient and behoveful."

    The Rise of the Democracy

  • So thus through the monuments of writing which is the testimony unto virtue many men have been moved, some to build cities, some to devise and establish laws right, profitable, necessary and behoveful for the human life, some other to find new arts, crafts and sciences, very requisite to the use of mankind.

    John Lyly

  • And whether he die or live, it is necessary and behoveful that mistress Jane depart not from her into

    Medieval People

  • I have heard say that corn is sold in Egypt; go ye thither and buy for us that is necessary and behoveful, that we may live, and consume not for need.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 1

  • Peter is as much to say as knowing or unhosing, or Peter is said of petros, that is constant and firm, and by that be understood three privileges that were in S. Peter; he was a much noble preacher, and therefore he is said knowing, for he had perfect knowledge of scripture, and knew in his predication what was behoveful to ever each person.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 3

  • Always seen that they require of him that is needful and behoveful.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 6


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