Etymology
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needless (adj.)

"not needed, unnecessary," c. 1300, nedeles, from need (n.) + -less. Related: Needlessly. Phrase needless to say or speak is recorded from early 16c.

updated on April 23, 2019

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Definitions of needless from WordNet

needless (adj.)
unnecessary and unwarranted;
a strikers' tent camp...was burned with needless loss of life
Synonyms: gratuitous / uncalled-for
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