from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Something unnecessary: a superfluity.


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  • 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

  • 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 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. '

    Vittoria — Complete

  • 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

  • It is not a day where environmental education actually reaches the masses, or when people wake to the need-not the luxury-to change our ways. News

  • Sure, there are lots of people who over-borrowed to buy things they didn't need-not that the money wasn't handed out like candy after a heavy bombardment of marketing-but the big problem, which goes unmentioned here, is wage stagnation for everybody but the top one or two percent.


  • In reality, switch-hitting has been part of the game since the 1800s and has grown in popularity in recent decades for the same reason that anything lasts for a long time: it fulfills a need-not for everyone, but for some. New Blogs and RSS Feeds


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