Origin of needless
Related formsneed·less·ly, adverbneed·less·ness, noun
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?|Abby Haglage|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Conflation of the words “intervention” and “invasion” needlessly stymie debate.
It's not all useless back surgery and unnecessary appendectomies and needlessly prolonging Grandma's death throes.
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|Simon Schama|October 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The last two sentences quoted above seem to me needlessly bogey-hunting.
We were all needlessly hurried, all nervously expectant of the morrow.The Woman in White|Wilkie Collins
It may be thought that they are needlessly referred to, but they are mentioned as a warning and a guide.Field's Chromatography|George Field
It was sad to see how many quaint customs, harmless enough in themselves, were needlessly destroyed.Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific|Felix Speiser
My sister's letter to me is a most affecting one—so needlessly, so ludicrously taunting!Clarissa, Or The History Of A Young Lady, Volume 8|Samuel Richardson
A fierce resentment burned in her heart; she longed to make him feel something of the anguish she had needlessly undergone.Dr. Breen's Practice|William Dean Howells