need·​less ˈnēd-ləs How to pronounce needless (audio)
: not needed : unnecessary
needless waste
needlessly adverb
needlessness noun
needless to say
: as is self-evident or to be expected

Examples of needless in a Sentence

needless expenditures that pushed the construction project way over budget
Recent Examples on the Web And needless to say, bike lanes, bike lanes, bike lanes. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 29 May 2024 Ryan goes into town under some pretense or another — there is much needless business in the film about a missing inhaler — leaving Maya by herself. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 His reasoning was and is that games pitting countries against countries promote the very nationalism that drives so much needless (and bloody) global conflict. John Tamny, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Over the course of the more than two-hour sit-down, the former Fox News host turned online commentator largely refrained from challenging the Russian authoritarian, whose brutal war on Ukraine has led to the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for needless 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of needless was in the 14th century

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“Needless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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need·​less ˈnēd-ləs How to pronounce needless (audio)
needlessly adverb

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