As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
- a. unnecessary; at nauðsynjalausu, without necessity (Þ. hafði at nauðsynjalausu gengit á vaild Hrafns); without impediment, in case there be no lawful hindrance.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚾᛅᚢᚦᛋᚢᚾᛁᛅᛚᛅᚢᛋᛋ
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