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[need-lis] /ˈnid lɪs/
unnecessary; not needed or wanted:
a needless waste of food.
Origin of needless
1175-1225; Middle English nedles. See need, -less
Related forms
needlessly, adverb
needlessness, noun
unessential, gratuitous, pointless, uncalled-for. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for needless
  • needless to say, they have decided to hand the manufacturing over to someone else-a company that makes board games.
  • The suffering it sets forth seems to have been almost needless,-due as it is to the accident of misunderstanding.
  • It is needless to say that such a picture will be of huge proportions.
  • That's my opinion, although needless to say it's not the only one out there.
  • The reasons for its collapse are complex, needless to say.
  • needless to say, that was a long time ago, in a country far away.
  • needless to say, once it came time to hire these debates began again so the vague posting didn't solve anything.
  • needless to say, the dean declined to submit the plan to a vote.
  • needless to say, no amount of money could have made that experience worth it.
  • needless to say, you'll pack these in your carry-on luggage, rather than checking them.
British Dictionary definitions for needless


not required or desired; unnecessary
Derived Forms
needlessly, adverb
needlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for needless

c.1300, "not needed, unnecessary," from need (n) + -less. Related: Needlessly. Phrase needless to say or speak is recorded from early 16c.

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