- Needed; necessary; mandatory; requisite; indispensible.
needful (plural needfuls)
- (slang) Ready money; wherewithal.
- (India, chiefly archaic in other dialects) Anything necessary or requisite.
Commonly found in phrases such as "please do the needful", which occur commonly in Indian English but are held as archaic in other dialects. Global interactions between English speakers have to some extent led to these phrases being seen as stereotypical of Indian English and parodied by speakers of other dialects.