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needs (adv.)

"of necessity, necessarily," late 14c. and surviving in archaic constructions involving must, from Middle English nede (see need), used as an adverb reinforcing must (v.), hence the genitive ending.

updated on April 23, 2019

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Definitions of needs from WordNet

needs (adv.)
in such a manner as could not be otherwise;
we must needs by objective
Synonyms: inevitably / necessarily / of necessity
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