unneeded

adjective
un·​need·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈnē-dəd How to pronounce unneeded (audio) \

Definition of unneeded

: not required or necessary : not needed unneeded assistance an unneeded extra cable

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Even staunch opponents, who dismiss it as unneeded or a slippery slope toward curtailing Christian religious values, doubt passage will spark another repeal attempt. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "What a Kentucky town's 20-year struggle with 'Fairness' says about rural LGBTQ rights," 21 June 2019 Following a mixed reception to his nomination as Army head, Mr. Esper eventually gained bipartisan respect in Congress because of an effort to cut programs identified as unneeded and redirect funds elsewhere. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Army Secretary Mark Esper Named to Top Job at Pentagon," 18 June 2019 Ahead of that, fans got a sneak peek at the credits, and many feel that one cast member got an unneeded introduction. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""The Hills" Reboot Is Getting Trolled for Trying to "Introduce" Mischa Barton," 18 June 2019 But because carrying so much genetic material can also be physiologically taxing, natural selection typically followed up these duplication events by aggressively pruning unneeded sequences. Quanta Magazine, "With ‘Downsized’ DNA, Flowering Plants Took Over the World," 16 June 2019 Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Wells Fargo had sent erroneous letters to 38,000 customers who had been forced to buy unneeded auto insurance. Jim Puzzanghera, latimes.com, "Sen. Elizabeth Warren presses Wells Fargo on problems with consumer refunds," 14 Feb. 2018 Imagine some algorithm inside the server acting as engineer Montgomery Scott, eking every bit of unneeded power from the systems. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Saga of a Stranded Space Station Supercomputer," 18 Mar. 2019 Feeling unneeded is not a good reason to have a baby. Alyssa Mastromonaco, Marie Claire, "Alyssa Mastromonaco Explores Her Non-Decision to Not Have Kids," 5 Mar. 2019 Norton estimates that saves you, your insurance company and the state more than $10 million each year in unneeded trips to the emergency room, immediate care center and your family physician every year. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Where will parents turn if Matt Bevin cuts poison control center money? | Joseph Gerth," 19 Jan. 2018

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1704, in the meaning defined above

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