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

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 But needless to say, day in and day out, for three weeks, all day long, riding, roping, shooting. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 17 Jan. 2022 Current release dates are included, but needless to say, all are subject to the Whims of Omicron. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 1 Jan. 2022 So, needless to say, Sleeper has become the fashion set’s go-to for festive sleepwear, regardless of whether it’s slept in, since its debut in 2014 by two former fashion editors, Kate Zubarieva and Asya Varetsa. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 24 Dec. 2021 Her goal, perhaps needless to say, is to pay that forward, as part of a community that is partly centered in Nashville. Chris Willman, Variety, 17 Dec. 2021 What angers me and frustrates me as a human being is that these are needless lives that are being lost. Keith Bierygolick, The Enquirer, 14 Dec. 2021 The history of rate regulation is that cost-plus schemes result in needless waste and higher prices for consumers without quality improvements. Casey Mulligan, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 At nearly $17,000, this is — needless to say — something of a splurge. Alexandra Ilyashov, Curbed, 2 Dec. 2021 The punishment was about right for a shameful, needless move. Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of needless

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Needless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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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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Nglish: Translation of needless for Spanish Speakers


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