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needless

[ need-lis ]
/ ˈnid lɪs /
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adjective

unnecessary; not needed or wanted: a needless waste of food.

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needlecraft, needlefish, needleful, needlepoint, needles, needless, needless to say, needlessly, needlestick, needlewoman, needlework

Origin of needless

First recorded in 1175–1225, needless is from the Middle English word nedles. See need, -less
SYNONYMS FOR needless
Related formsneed·less·ly, adverbneed·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for needlessness

needless

/ (ˈniːdlɪs) /

adjective

not required or desired; unnecessary
Derived Formsneedlessly, adverbneedlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for needlessness

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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