- unnecessary; not needed or wanted: a needless waste of food.
Origin of needless
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unessential, gratuitous, pointless, uncalled-for.
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Examples from the Web for needlessly
All of those who are positive have now needlessly spread the virus to countless others.This New Ebola Test Is As Easy As a Pregnancy Test, So Why Aren’t We Using It?
October 3, 2014
Conflation of the words “intervention” and “invasion” needlessly stymie debate.Why Drones Don’t Cut It in Syria
September 24, 2014
It's not all useless back surgery and unnecessary appendectomies and needlessly prolonging Grandma's death throes.The Reality of Death Panels
October 31, 2012
Never has such a strong political hand been so needlessly, carelessly, calamitously thrown away.Simon Schama on How Obama Threw It All Away in the Denver Debate
October 5, 2012
The last two sentences quoted above seem to me needlessly bogey-hunting.David's Book Club: What Are Liberals Thinking?
July 13, 2012
His mother, Mrs. Goddard of Madison Square, was not needlessly alarmed.Melomaniacs
He will say nothing to hurt me needlessly; nor is it in his nature to do so.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
The adverbial adjective "needlessly" explains the broad distinction.Shoulder-Straps
I want you to convince him of this, and to beg him not to spend money so needlessly.Doctor Luttrell's First Patient
Rosa Nouchette Carey
Luther, who did not comprehend his motive, was needlessly angry.Short Studies on Great Subjects
James Anthony Froude
- not required or desired; unnecessary
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Word Origin and History for needlessly
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