uncalled for

uncalled-for

[uhn-kawld-fawr]
adjective
1.
not called for; not required; superfluous; unwanted.
2.
unwarranted; unjustified; improper: an uncalled-for criticism.

Origin:
1600–10

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uncalled-for (ˌʌnˈkɔːldfɔː)
 
adj
unnecessary or unwarranted

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uncalled for

Not justified, undeserved, as in That rude remark was uncalled for. [Early 1800s] Also see call for, def. 3.

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