Unneeded vs. Unnecessary - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Unneeded (adjective)

    Not needed.

  • Unnecessary (adjective)

    Not needed or necessary.

    "The automatic child-frightener made clowns unnecessary."

  • Unnecessary (adjective)

    Done in addition to requirements; unrequired.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Unneeded (adjective)

    not needed

    "the disposal of unneeded assets"

  • Unnecessary (adjective)

    not needed

    "some people feel that holiday insurance is unnecessary"

  • Unnecessary (adjective)

    more than is needed; excessive

    "good construction is essential to avoid unnecessary waste"

  • Unnecessary (noun)

    unnecessary things

    "Flora never wasted cash on unnecessaries"

Webster Dictionary

  • Unnecessary (adjective)

    Not necessary; not required under the circumstances; unless; needless; as, unnecessary labor, care, or rigor.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Unneeded (adjective)

    not necessary

  • Unnecessary (adjective)

    not necessary

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