need·​less | \ ˈnēd-ləs How to pronounce needless (audio) \

Definition of needless

: not needed : unnecessary needless waste
needless to say
: as is self-evident or to be expected

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Other Words from needless

needlessly adverb
needlessness noun

Examples of needless in a Sentence

needless expenditures that pushed the construction project way over budget
Recent Examples on the Web Back at home, thousands of innocent American Muslims were subjected to needless detentions, interrogations, and other violations of their civil rights. Ashfaq Taufique, al, 10 Sep. 2021 But to their enemies, beavers are vermin whose mostly unplanned reintroduction to Scotland is causing needless damage and financial loss to food producers., 5 Sep. 2021 Trade disputes can take years to resolve, and even friendly nations cause each other needless pain in the meantime. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2021 But privacy advocates, who had feared Apple’s plans had the potential of opening innocent tech users to needless inspection, celebrated Friday’s announcement. NBC News, 3 Sep. 2021 Finally, deep learning can focus on incrementality — customers who were converted as a result of your advertising — while avoiding needless advertising to your existing customers. Jeremy Fain, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Politicians could try to cope with rapid intensification by ordering evacuations even before a storm was certain to strike their city, but a needless evacuation can be costly. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2021 But needless to say, not having a passport creates major complications for Afghans who are desperately and urgently trying to flee the country. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 18 Aug. 2021 The reason for the decision has nothing to do with a Beaver State coup d’état, needless to say. oregonlive, 17 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of needless

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Needless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of needless

: not needed or necessary


need·​less | \ ˈnēd-ləs How to pronounce needless (audio) \

Kids Definition of needless

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

Other Words from needless

needlessly adverb

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Nglish: Translation of needless for Spanish Speakers


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