Definition of needless in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈniːdləs/


(Of something undesirable) not necessary because avoidable: I deplore needless waste
More example sentences
  • Have compassion for all beings, causing them no unnecessary hurt, nor needless harm.
  • Frankly I can't afford to go wasting fifteen quid on something as needless as this.
  • Please improve the quality of your paper by removing this needless source of controversy from its pages.


needless to say

Of course: needless to say, he didn’t believe me
More example sentences
  • We were in a joint family then and needless to say, it was good fun.
  • And, needless to say, shortly after he began to believe me, he went away.
  • So needless to say, there were a lot of jokes about spies and so on.
of course, as might be expected, as you/one would expect, not unexpectedly, it goes without saying, obviously, naturally, clearly
informal natch



Pronunciation: /ˈniːdləsnəs/
Example sentences
  • Indeed, the lunatic profligacy of the enterprise - its needlessness, its expense in lives, money and reputation - was for them the best argument in its favor.
  • Rushabh Sadiwala writes about the needlessness of religion
  • The better it is, the more it reminds me of all that I said above, and the needlessness of it, which invariably fouls my mood for the morning.

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