Word family noun needFrom Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishneedlessneed‧less /ˈniːdləs/ ●○○ adjective 1 → needless to say2 NEEDneedless troubles, suffering, loss etc are unnecessary because they could easily have been avoided SYN unnecessary The report caused needless anxiety to women who have attended the clinic. We need to bring to an end these needless deaths. Charles hates needless waste. —needlessly adverb People are dying needlessly every year of heart attacks.
needs the needy adjective needless needy verb need adverb needlessly
Examples from the Corpusneedless• Their deaths are needless and preventable.• Jack and I felt that sparing our parents needless anxiety was an important step in becoming adults.• Any good ante-bellum history will detail the stupidities that led to this utterly needless conflagration.• "I am very saddened by this needless loss of life, '' the president said at a news conference Tuesday.• And speaking of needless repeats, do you think this owner is trying to make a point?• Why take needless risks?• Basil, needless to say, has found the butter.• And needless to say, in the tiny teahouse I was myself the proverbial bull in the china shop.• The whole thing, needless to say, is demoralizing.• The black polish, needless to say, was still in the bag.• He accused the local council of allowing a needless tragedy, through a policy of not fitting smoke detectors to council houses.