Definition of needless in English:



  • (of something undesirable) not necessary because avoidable.

    ‘I deplore needless waste’
    • ‘Frankly I can't afford to go wasting fifteen quid on something as needless as this.’
    • ‘That's what people complain about most in modern theatre, needless violence, nudity, all that.’
    • ‘Anything that seeks to undermine rights is a needless compromise and a huge and terminal step backwards.’
    • ‘Glasgow compounded their numerous defensive lapses with a host of handling errors and needless turnovers.’
    • ‘A feeling of anger followed by concern wells up when we see this or when we read of so many needless deaths of young people.’
    • ‘Of course such grief is perfectly understandable, following the loss of loved ones in a needless war far, far away.’
    • ‘Until there is a dramatic improvement in the behaviour of all road users, this tragic and needless loss of life will continue.’
    • ‘This is our first duty to them and is why we should continue to oppose a Government which is exposing them to such great and needless danger.’
    • ‘No week seems complete without some report of the actions of mindless people engaged in needless acts.’
    • ‘Have compassion for all beings, causing them no unnecessary hurt, nor needless harm.’
    • ‘In time people realized that such actions could trigger needless conflicts among themselves.’
    • ‘The other was an annoyance at how much needless work he'd put into most of those stories.’
    • ‘He said disputes and votes being called on the order of business were causing needless disruption.’
    • ‘Such neatness, such needless destruction of good healthy vegetation, does not fall naturally with me.’
    • ‘It cannot be right that we should force people to suffer endless, needless agonies, knowing they will not get better.’
    • ‘Please improve the quality of your paper by removing this needless source of controversy from its pages.’
    • ‘The Harps looked to have this game in the bag only to nearly throw it away, conceding numerous needless frees.’
    • ‘If the installation of safety cameras can cut down on the needless injury and loss of life on our roads then this should be encouraged.’
    • ‘There are far too many people using their cars for needless short journeys such as taking their children to school, he says.’
    • ‘The second thing that happens with everyone having a point of view is a lot of needless length.’