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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
First recorded in 1175-1225, needless is from the Middle English word nedles. See need, -less
Related forms
needlessly, adverb
needlessness, noun
Synonyms
unessential, gratuitous, pointless, uncalled-for.
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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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