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BEHOOF. As a word of discourse, Signifies need, (egestas, necessitas, indigentia.) It comes from behoove, (Sax. behoven,) to need or have need of. In a secondary sense, which is the law sense of the word, it signifies use, service, profit, advantage, (interesse, opus.) It occurs in conveyances of land in fee simple.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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But even if we posit with Harris that faith is itself "the enemy," then it behooves any tough-minded strategist to know tile enemy.
It behooves the reader to read the "Introduction" first, and the chapters in turn (not my usual style).
As student athletes, parents, teachers and physicians, it behooves us to explore these issues.
Being gay, black, politically active, and 57 years of age, it behooves me to remind the good reverend that he wouldn't be speaking at Harvard, or anywhere else for that matter, were it not for a gay black man named Bayard Rustin.
We think that it behooves us to share with Nicaragua our success [and] that we should share, as we are brother countries.
As Canadians living next door to the seats of power, it behooves us to understand this global endeavour.
Given that this little group of neoconservatives has captured the foreign and military policies of the United States, it behooves us to watch what they are saying now.
Certainly, it behooves the taxpayer to take advantage of the availability of shareholder records, through the custodians or from the shareholder itself, by conducting a Rev.
It's your personal capital so it behooves you to place a value on it and ensure that you receive a fair share and suitable reward from the market."
So it behooves us to be careful in our choice of treatment in certain populations.
Since such seemingly minor errors are seized upon by nuclear advocates, it behooves environmental journalists to watch out for avoidable mistakes.