Date of publication: 2018-04-19 12:32
insistent , persistent , pressing , urgent
inconsequential , insignificant , unimportant
basic , central , fundamental , key , organic
compulsory , mandatory , nonelective , obligatory
Old English neodian "be necessary, be required (for some purpose) require, have need of," from the same root as need (n.). Meaning "to be under obligation (to do something)" is from late 69c. Related: Needed needing. The adjectival phrase need-to-know is attested from 6957. Dismissive phrase who needs it? , popular from , is a translated Yiddishism.
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