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  • n. needlessness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being unnecessary; something unnecessary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The contrary of necessity; something unnecessary.


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  • Dante+ in any living face; an aruspex might have read a lecture upon him without exenteration, his flesh being so consumed, that he might, in a manner, have discerned his bowels without opening of him; so that to be carried, sexta cervice+ to the grave, was but a civil unnecessity; and the complements of the coffin might outweigh the subject of it.

    Letter to a Friend

  • UPDATE: Jen Clark, my first ever commenter, notes that the FEMA presser itself was an exercise in unnecessity, since FEMA didn't actually do much during the SoCal wildfires.

    Journalism Made Easy

  • Behind all these unhappy women is the same horror: their loneliness, their unnecessity.

    It pained me

  • Not to say the unnecessity of it -- the children were growing up ... it clearly could be done now.

    This Freedom

  • "That beating with great sticks," the Duc de Puysange considered, "was the height of unnecessity."

    Gallantry Dizain des Fetes Galantes

  • The fearful unnecessity of their disablement awakens no pity, no heart softens at thought of them, no politician would feel his conscience pricked by the narration of their grievances.

    Prisons and Prisoners: Some Personal Experiences

  • Presently, after some more questions as to the revelations which had been conveyed through her to the King, she complained of the unnecessity of all this, and said:

    Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc — Volume 2

  • Unfortunately, things went sour quickly: Two months after taking his sweet new job, Van Natta laid off 400 MySpace employees, and informed them of their unnecessity by telling them they were


  • Jarecki covers topics much loathed by war supporters, including the provocation of Japan into attacking Pearl Harbor, the unnecessity of dropping atomic bombs on Japan to end the war, and the damage wrought by the 1947 National Security Act, the CIA, the National Security Advisor, and the Air Force.

    Pacific Free Press - Hard Truths for Hard Times - Progressive opinion, dissident news

  • Makes people nervous because your own push threatens to show up the potential unnecessity, non-inevitableness of their quiescence / defeat -- a point the movie Revolutionary Road does a brilliant job of "highlighting."

    Tyee - Home


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