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 Republicans argued overhauling the state's absentee policies would build trust in the state's voting system, while Democrats contended the legislation sows needless doubts about an election that was conducted properly. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2021 Thirdly, limitations on being able to send vote by mail applications to voters and people who qualify to vote by mail is simply a needless and a suppressive tactic. Sanya Mansoor, Time, 1 June 2021 There are the standard instrument panel and large center infotainment screen and four configurable screens designed to improve the driving experience and rid the vehicle of needless toggles and switches. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 1 June 2021 For months, Macron has tried to balance the economic and psychological pain of a lockdown, with the risk that keeping France open could lead to hundreds of needless deaths. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 31 Mar. 2021 Despite the song’s 7:42 runtime, nary a phrase feels excessive or needless; Aftab’s quivering vocals create and resolve a tightrope tension, offering a blissful and enveloping respite from the year’s chaos. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 26 May 2021 Democrats called the bill needless and noted that if the COVID-19 vaccine were added to the list of immunizations children need to attend school, the state allows for exemptions. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021 That his second needless one – the first deciding Game 1. Dave Hyde,, 26 May 2021 There is much to admire in his will to avoid needless fights. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of needless

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jun 2021

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“Needless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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