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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Needs \Needs\, adv. [Orig. gen. of need, used as an adverb. Cf. -wards.] Of necessity; necessarily; indispensably; -- often with must, and equivalent to of need. [1913 Webster] A man must needs love mauger his head. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] And he must needs go through Samaria. --John iv. 4. [1913 Webster] He would needs know the cause of his repulse. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster]