from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a needful manner; necessarily.

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  • adverb In a needful manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in an essential manner


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  • And someone was embracing him, looking needfully into his eyes.


  • Particularly because part of the problematic nature of identity is when it becomes a performance of self -- which in academia it often is, and needfully so.

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  • If the goal was strictly do good, people who want to organize society should needfully be required to organize their personal lives or small businesses to be in impeccable order first.

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  • If it were lawful to do so, I would request your Majesty to look at the manner by which an artful juggler of your court achieves his imposition upon the eyes of spectators, yet needfully disguises the means by which he attains his object.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • Life is much more complex, messy and needfully cruel than this picture, and you and I would probably disagree to some extent about biological imperatives.

    Waldo Jaquith - “Goode makes complete ass of self.”

  • The time is long overdue for a new and needfully imaginative Fourth Chimurenga — a global and regional outcry — against this violent regime.

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  • A book printed as "Dead Tree" needfully has rules divergent from an electronic file.

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  • If only they were still my children, clinking needfully on my rhymes.

    Else Lasker-Schuler

  • I do hope that everything is going well for you and I will twisted and do what ever is needfully with my fingers...

    Vista reviewed by The Onion.

  • While these minutiae had been so needfully attended to, it is scarce necessary to add that the house itself had been thoroughly repaired, as well as the gardens, with the strictest attention to maintain the original character of both, and to remove as far as possible all appearance of the ravage they had sustained.



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