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Nedis, Neidis, adv. Also: nedes, neids, neadis. [ME. and e.m.E. nedes, need(e)s etc., OE. nédes, nýdes, adv. gen. of níed, néd, Nede n.]

1. Of necessity, inescapably, unavoidably, inevitably. Only with the verbs mon (man), most (must) and behuve, and chiefly following these. (1) Worship mon nedes, and hardement, Tak thare arrest with hale assent; Alex. ii. 5899.
Mone neidis follow that certane venial synnis … may be forgevin; Hamilton Cat. 284.
O Lord, … thy justice man neidis puneis thair crewell murtheris; Bann. Memor. 216.
I mon nedis medle and put to my helping hand; Melville Mem. 79.
(2) For weyle or wo thar most he nedis abide; Wall. ii. 122.
Than most thair lauboure nedis fale; Bk. Chess 1048.
Dunb. lxiii. 83.
I most nedis praefer the rude Scottis wyt of Capitane Cocburne; c 1572 Buch. in Facs. Nat. MSS. III. lxvi.
(b) Quhan that nature maid impediment … They most neids twine; Clar. v. 2080.
Ib. 2160.
Rolland Seven S. 2874.
O Lord we knaw suirlie that Thy trew serwandis most neidis suffer for Thy names saik; Pitsc. II. 75/14.
Quhilk being drunkin is laxative to sindrie and so most neidis be het of qualitie; Skeyne Descr. Well 3.
Montg. Suppl. xxxiv. 17.
Ib. 102.
Neids; Mure Early Misc. P. viii. 13.
Our wolls thairby most neids ly inprofitabill in the awneris handis; 1623 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 207.
So that he most neids go to dyet with luftenants and ensients; 1646 Ancram & Loth. Corr. I. 196.
(c) Neadis; Fowler II. 51/21 (see Most v.1 1 b).

b. Preceding the verb. That nedis thaj mon do As thai of lang tyme hawe hantit thame to; Henr. Fab. 787 (Bann.).
Your worldly honore nedis most adew; Lanc. 518.
To pas nedis me behus; Ib. 2340.
Ib. 2677.
Quhair luf is perfite, thair of neidis monn be respect to the waik; Nisbet III. 343. Clar. i. 1513.

c. In the irreg. construction it must neidis me (do something), = I must of necessity (do it). Bot sen ȝour grace hes geuin me sic command To mak answer, it must neidis me obey; Lynd. Answ. Flyting 24.

2. Insistently, brooking no contradiction or opposition. Chiefly following the verbs will and wald, but also most (must). (1) Yet wold they nedes insist in it; 1560 Cal. Sc. P. I. 464.
The Lady Home and vtheris wald neidis thraip in his face that he was banist the said toun; Bann. Mem. 216.
This laird Maktaise wald neidis heff him [a child] to be his foster; Hist. Kennedy 3.
If the laird of Drum … will neids have a tyme condiscendit upon; 1633 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 378.
(2) Howsaever hir gude name wer thairby appairit, scho must neidis ga thither agane; Buch. Detect. (1727) 29.

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