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needless

[need-lis] /ˈnid lɪs/
adjective
1.
unnecessary; not needed or wanted:
a needless waste of food.
Origin of needless
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English nedles. See need, -less
Related forms
needlessly, adverb
needlessness, noun
Synonyms
unessential, gratuitous, pointless, uncalled-for.
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  • Some of the ward doctors are careless, rude, capricious, needlessly strict.

    The Wound Dresser Walt Whitman
  • The adverbial adjective "needlessly" explains the broad distinction.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • She rose in a nervous flutter when she saw him; yet needlessly shrill in her defence, because she was angry at detection.

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
  • She was a gifted singer, surely, and was needlessly healthy.

  • No doubt he wished to assure himself of the extent of the disaster, in order not to alarm you needlessly.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for needlessly

needless

/ˈniːdlɪs/
adjective
1.
not required or desired; unnecessary
Derived Forms
needlessly, adverb
needlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for needlessly

needless

adj.

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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