Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being needless; unnecessariness.

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  • noun The state or characteristic of being needless.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • While the wining goal should have been avoided, the needlessness of the defeat felt characteristic.

    Mood swing at Arsenal leaves Arsène Wenger needing silverware | Kevin McCarra

  • Not undermining the merit of virtual references, everything should be in measure; it is such a pity and shame such leading massive projects should stop enjoying popularity with readership and such profound efforts devoted to their creation sink to needlessness.

    On Chambers

  • When I was reading Portfolios of the Poor, I kept thinking about the needlessness of all the characters' suffering.

    Against Growth Agnosticism, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Mr Ottewell believes that somehow the answer Mr Davis procured from the Home Department provides conclusive evidence of the needlessness of the proposals.

    Detention Without Trial: Law and Order Tories Sell Souls

  • "Provides conclusive evidence of the needlessness of the proposals"?

    Detention Without Trial: Law and Order Tories Sell Souls

  • Perhaps it would be more exact to say that my uniform has been bestowed by the sun, because having early discovered the needlessness of clothes — that “the body is more than raiment” — most of the apparel in which civilisation flaunts was promptly discarded, and through the few thin things retained the sun soon worked his will.

    My Tropic Isle

  • Whether they were aware of the needlessness of concealment, or whether in the lack of suitable material they abandoned the habit, are questions for others to discuss.

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island

  • Perhaps it was the sheer needlessness of this awful loss of life that motivated people to turn out in protesting thousands that week.

    Betty Williams - Nobel Lecture

  • Perhaps it was the sheer needlessness of this awful loss of life that motivated people to turn out in protesting thousands that week.

    Nobel Lecture

  • Fara, who had parted his lips, as the old man was explaining, to protest the needlessness of illustrating any quality of the weapon except what he had asked for, closed them again.

    The Weapon Shops of Isher

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