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

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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez announced their engagement on March 9, and needless to say, the ring is absolutely gorgeous. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "A Rare Look at How Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Parent Their Children Together," 11 Mar. 2019 Getty ImagesMark Cuthbert Prince Charles celebrated his 70th birthday today with a private birthday dinner at Buckingham Palace, and needless to say, things got a little wild. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Why The Queen Giving Camilla a Shoutout in Her Birthday Tribute to Prince Charles Is a Big Deal," 14 Nov. 2018 This, needless to say, is not in fact what Obama said. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s bizarre post-election press conference, explained," 7 Nov. 2018 And now, needless to say, that is not the President's style. Fox News, "Bill Bennett on McCain, warts and all," 27 Aug. 2018 Trump has traded barbs with some of America’s closest allies, creating tension that is both needless and counterproductive. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Mattis’s resignation was a scathing indictment of Trump’s foreign policy," 21 Dec. 2018 The launch was announced earlier this year, but several hours ago, TrendMood spilled the beans on Instagram with a picture of an in-store display — and needless to say, beauty lovers are hyped. Maria Cassano, Allure, "Beauty Bakerie Is Now Sold at Ulta Stores," 31 Oct. 2018 The United States almost defaulted on its debts, which would have plunged the entire world economy into a financial crisis and destroyed hundreds of billions if not trillions in wealth and caused needless human misery. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Trump has eroded important democratic institutions. Will Democratic wins change that?," 8 Nov. 2018 Despite the situation being technically resolved, needless to say, social media backlash has been swift, with calls for a boycott of Waffle House quickly mounting. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Are We Done Yet With Waffle House? Viral Video Shows Black Couple Being Arrested for Questioning Juice Charge at Florida Waffle House," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of needless

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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