less than necessary

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The limit on warheads - 1,500 deployable weapons [more than sufficient and far less than necessary to destroy the entire world] - that went into effect last Monday expires in 2021, and the new nuclear review expresses no eagerness for its renewal.
Because these tax rate changes are effective as of January 1, 2015, flow-through entities that completed transactions prior to the signing of the legislation (e.g., June 30, 2015) and withheld tax based on the then-applicable law could have withheld less than necessary. In addition, effective January 1, 2016, the property tax credit for individuals was reduced from $300 to $200, and the phase-out of such credit was accelerated.
Children were so taken with the gadgetry that in the first few days there were scores of less than necessary trips to the loo.
The ideal of such a scheme is surely that, in the good times, it becomes less than necessary, as especially small firms are able to fund their expansion plans directly.
But the Home Secretary can intervene "if the police and crime commissioner was preparing to set a budget that was less than necessary to maintain appropriate policing in the area", Mrs May said.
If an agency were tasked or a mechanism were established with the purpose of overseeing the expansion of high-containment laboratories, it could develop a strategic plan to (1) ensure that the number and capabilities of potentially dangerous high-containment laboratories are no greater or less than necessary, (2) balance the risks and benefits of expanding such laboratories, and (3) determine the type of oversight needed.
Face-to-face negotiation is extremely difficult and without an agent's advice and cool head, private sellers can feel uncomfortable, pressurised and cornered both when agreeing a price and when faced with re-negotiation after survey, which can easily lead to selling for thousands of pounds less than necessary.
Oh, there is stuff in the middle, the practice contact details and phone numbers plus a less than necessary explanation of what the various headings cover.
but much less than necessary to maintain our standard of living.
Using examples from throughout history and around the world, the authors illustrate simple principles of power ranging from "Always say less than necessary" to "When asking for help, appeal to people's self-interest, never their mercy or gratitude." Ignore The 48 Laws of Power at your own risk.
Short of cutting back on your training to a level less than necessary to meet your running goals, what should you do?