unnecessary; not needed or wanted: a needless waste of food.
- need·less·ly, adverb
- need·less·ness, noun
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How to use needless in a sentence
Due to the ongoing pandemic, some businesses feel that acquiring new customers is either needless or impossible.Eight ways to align your customer acquisition strategy in 2021 | Lidia Hovhannisyan | January 4, 2021 | Search Engine Watch
For patients it’s a win-win — they get the best possible care without needless and expensive procedures.Is It Time for a Pay-If-You’re-Cured Health Care Model? | Charu Kasturi | January 4, 2021 | Ozy
He said there is palpable frustration that so many Americans are flouting public health guidelines, coupled with unspeakable grief over having to watch so many patient deaths they consider needless.Record numbers of covid-19 patients push hospitals and staffs to the limit | Brittany Shammas, Ariana Eunjung Cha, Ben Guarino, Jacqueline Dupree | December 17, 2020 | Washington Post
For those who have been giving regularly, it was encouraging to participate in a movement to drive down global poverty and needless death year after year after year.The world’s problems overwhelmed me. This book empowered me. | Kelsey Piper | December 11, 2020 | Vox
On the most banal level, the placement of heating and ventilation ducts on the exterior of the building has created a needless impediment to washing the windows.Toys Are the Future of Philosophy - Issue 93: Forerunners | Jonathon Keats | December 9, 2020 | Nautilus
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The last two sentences quoted above seem to me needlessly bogey-hunting.
Competing stores needlessly occupy the time of hundreds of thousands of employees in a mixture of idleness and industry.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
The word couthe is needlessly repeated from l. 747, and must be omitted.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
The words of M. Bastien which you have reported to me prove nothing, Marguerite; you are, I think, needlessly alarmed.The Seven Cardinal Sins: Envy and Indolence | Eugne Sue
His despatch was considered needlessly irritating, but he would not allow a word to be altered.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
You may have to fire into rioting crowds, but be careful about shooting recklessly or needlessly into groups.Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants | H. Irving Hancock
British Dictionary definitions for needless
not required or desired; unnecessary
- needlessly, adverb
- needlessness, noun
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