Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Something unnecessary: a superfluity.

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Examples

  • That means we can't bring back metals -- which we need-not in any meaningful quantity.

    Timegod's World

  • But the over-all guiding goal of this budget is national need-not response to specific group, local or political insistence.

    State of the Union Address (1790-2001)

  • But the over-all guiding goal of this budget is national need-not response to specific group, local or political insistence.

    State of the Union Address

  • You shall bring us the little we need-not long now-not long.

    Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ

  • Though it seems rather (to use an expressive Quaker term) a "need-not" to provide for our being separated in life, when we have so firmly resolved to be old maids, and to live together all our lives in the little whitewashed cottage behind the church.

    Six to Sixteen: A Story for Girls

  • I force him too much, and there's no need-not a bit. '

    Vittoria — Complete

  • I fear I force him too much, and there's no need-not a bit. '

    Vittoria — Volume 2

  • I force him too much, and there's no need-not a bit. '

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

  • Though it seems rather (to use an expressive Quaker term) a "need-not" to provide for our being separated in life, when we have so firmly resolved to be old maids, and to live together all our lives in the little whitewashed cottage behind the church.

    Six to Sixteen A Story for Girls

  • Nearly forty years later, I can reflect on what a blessing it has been to encounter so many people who chose to help someone in need-not because they had to but because they simply could.

    NPR Topics: News

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