unneeded

adjective
un·​need·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈnē-dəd \

Definition of unneeded

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

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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 High fiber plant foods work to clean the gut by either keeping things moving along (insoluble), or by packaging up and carrying away (soluble) unwanted/unneeded materials. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: The body's second brain — the gut — and how to keep it healthy," 13 June 2018 The Disk Cleanup tool that comes with Windows can also be useful for dredging up and deleting outdated and unneeded files taking up space on your hard drive. New York Times, "When to Dump Old Downloads," 1 May 2018 Burdened by the unanticipated expense of the KFC Yum Center, and consequently wary of new sports subsidies, Louisville easily could have dismissed pro soccer as another unneeded claim on the public purse. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City's James O'Connor has earned his exit bows," 29 June 2018 Erase your unneeded guidelines, and begin to add texture and shadows. Amy Raudenbush, Philly.com, "Hey, kids: Draw this lion for a chance to see your artwork published," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of unneeded

1704, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unneeded was in 1704

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