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

Examples of unneeded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dear Annie: In response to the challenge from a senior citizen earlier who suggested people donate any unneeded stimulus checks to those who are in need: challenge accepted and completed! cleveland, "Dear Annie: My siblings dropped the ball when it came to helping pay for our mother’s burial," 20 June 2020 Although Japan is not known for police brutality, people have come forward recently, complaining that police have treated foreigners, especially black people, unfairly, stopping them for no reason, or have handled people with unneeded force. Fox News, "Protesters hold Black Lives Matter demonstration in Tokyo, say Japan must confront its race problems," 16 June 2020 Having spoken to Irving himself, Howard released a statement on Saturday outlining his belief that the NBA and other forms of entertainment are an unneeded distraction from more important issues the US is facing. Ben Morse And Don Lemon, CNN, "NBA or social justice? 'I just feel like our people -- we need attention,' says LA Laker Dwight Howard," 16 June 2020 Although Japan is not reputed for police brutality, people have come forward recently, complaining that police have treated foreigners, especially Black people, unfairly, stopping them for no reason, or have handled people with unneeded force. Yuri Kageyama, The Christian Science Monitor, "From Tokyo to New Zealand, why Black lives matter," 14 June 2020 Early apps haven't always passed the test, sometimes sending data to other apps or including unneeded lines of computer code associated with advertising. NBC News, "Coronavirus contact tracing apps were tech's chance to step up. They haven't.," 11 June 2020 Turn off unneeded electronics and don’t heat up the stove or oven. oregonlive, "10 easy ways to stay cool at home this summer," 5 June 2020 Many have been flooded by donations and will redistribute any unneeded funds. refinery29.com, "A Blank Post Isn’t Enough: Here Are Useful Ways To Use Your Platform," 2 June 2020 If relinquishing your unneeded possessions to the poor was a moral act, then why not redecorate and create a few more? Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The End of Minimalism," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of unneeded

1704, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jul 2020

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“Unneeded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unneeded. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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