needless

adjective need·less \ ˈnēd-ləs \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of needless

: 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

  1. needless expenditures that pushed the construction project way over budget

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First Known Use of needless

14th century


NEEDLESS Defined for English Language Learners

needless

adjective

Definition of needless for English Language Learners

  • : not needed or necessary


NEEDLESS Defined for Kids

needless

adjective need·less \ ˈnēd-ləs \

Definition of needless for Students

: unnecessary
  • … he moved furtively forwards, never taking any needless chances or making sudden movements.
  • —Brian Jacques, Redwall

needlessly

adverb


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