need·​less | \ ˈnēd-ləs How to pronounce needless (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Anyone who watches the hit ABC sitcom knows Winter's character has rich, dark chocolate brown hair, so needless to say, switching to strawberry blonde is a big change. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Ariel Winter Just Debuted Red Hair on Law and Order: SVU, and Fans Barely Recognized Her," 4 Oct. 2019 There were American conservatisms before Reagan conservatism — my favorite flavor — needless to say. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "May I See Your ID?," 22 July 2019 That latter standout, needless to say, was President Trump, who decided long ago that making stuff up is easier and more self-serving than sticking to facts. David Lazarus,, "Bezos bets $1 billion on the future of healthcare as Trump tells the same old lies," 3 July 2018 And, needless to say, both were thoroughly damaged -- Ricciardo's caravan flipping upside down in a shower of debris. CNN, "Red Bull's Verstappen & Ricciardo crash again ... towing caravans," 22 May 2018 And all four of them, needless to say, won the presidential nominations of their party. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Actually, Pence’s Toadying Is His Best Shot at Becoming President," 17 May 2018 Here, needless to say, the Paris climate accord was negotiated. Catherine Rampell, The Denver Post, "Rampell: France’s carbon tax was a disaster, but there might be a less politically fraught way," 23 June 2019 Well needless to say, that did not go over too well with the others. Rob Frehse And Julian Cummings, CNN, "Eva Longoria and other celebrities write letters of support for actress Felicity Huffman ahead of her sentencing," 6 Sep. 2019 The music, needless to say, was an afterthought at this juncture. Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, "I’ll Be Loving You Forever," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of needless

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Needless.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of needless

: not needed or necessary


need·​less | \ ˈnēd-ləs How to pronounce needless (audio) \

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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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