needless

adjective
need·less | \ˈnēd-ləs \

Definition of needless 

: not needed : unnecessary needless waste

needless to say

: as is self-evident or to be expected

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Other Words from needless

needlessly adverb
needlessness noun

Examples of needless in a Sentence

needless expenditures that pushed the construction project way over budget

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The recent violence in Gaza has resulted in many needless deaths and injuries. Washington Post, "UN chief warns that Mideast ‘chaos’ threatens global peace," 13 Apr. 2018 And needless to say, get your fix with just a few (not the entire batch). Health.com, "6 “Healthy” Snacks a Nutritionist Will Immediately Cut From Your Diet," 6 Apr. 2018 Author Kellner lamented the needless deaths because of Hitler’s folly. David Hendricks, San Antonio Express-News, "German citizen’s WWII diary detailed what was to come," 8 Mar. 2018 Director Stephen Maing shows how the policy of forcing officers — mostly minorities — to make needless arrests is designed to raise money for the city budget. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "IFFBoston documentaries feature conspiracies and compassion," 19 Apr. 2018 American voters have long evinced a tacit belief that deporting law-abiding, longtime U.S. residents is a cruel and needless enterprise. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Abolishing ICE Is About As Popular As Trump’s Immigration Agenda," 11 July 2018 Barrios' actions were rash and needless, showing the player to have a nasty and aggressive side - but that is also a trait and kind of player Tottenham have been accused of lacking in recent seasons. SI.com, "Spurs Fans Applaud Potential Signing Wilmar Barrios Following Jordan Henderson Headbutt," 4 July 2018 Business groups complained that the mixed messages from the White House are creating disruptive and needless uncertainty. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: White House offers mixed messages with latest about-face on tariffs," 30 May 2018 Watch the video below to find out what happened, but needless to say, Quest could simply not deal. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Magician David Blaine Sews His Mouth Shut on 'Tonight Show,' Totally Freaks Out Priyanka Chopra & The Roots," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of needless

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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needless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of needless

: not needed or necessary

needless

adjective
need·less | \ˈnēd-ləs \

Kids Definition of needless

: unnecessary … he moved furtively forwards, never taking any needless chances or making sudden movements.— Brian Jacques, Redwall

Other Words from needless

needlessly adverb

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