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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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 Storage Sense will also be able to remove temporary or otherwise unneeded files such as system logs and image thumbnails. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Windows 10 will use the cloud to free up disk space," 11 Sep. 2018 The Nepali government says that a wave of fraudulent claims and unneeded evacuations has cost insurance companies millions of dollars this year alone. Kai Schultz, The Seattle Times, "Near Everest’s slopes, a helicopter rescue fraud preys on trekkers," 4 Sep. 2018 Consider: For every 1,000 women screened every other year until their 70s, starting at 40 instead of 50 would prevent one additional death — but create 576 more false alarms and 58 extra unneeded biopsies, the task force estimated. Lauran Neergaard, Fox News, "A better mammogram? Huge study putting 3-D scans to the test," 7 Dec. 2017 President Trump has backed reductions to legal immigration, arguing that foreigners provide unneeded competition for Americans. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Too Many Jobs, Not Enough Talent Spurs Amazon to Split HQ2," 5 Nov. 2018 But unnecessary cesareans are a widespread problem, and there are some things women can do to reduce their chances of an unneeded procedure. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The troubling epidemic of unnecessary C-sections around the world, explained," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of unneeded

1704, in the meaning defined above

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