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unnecessary

[uhn-nes-uh-ser-ee] /ʌnˈnɛs əˌsɛr i/
adjective
1.
not necessary or essential; needless; unessential.
noun, plural unnecessaries.
2.
unnecessaries, things that are not necessary or essential.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; un-1 + necessary
Related forms
unnecessarily
[uhn-nes-uh-sair-uh-lee, -nes-uh-ser-] /ʌnˌnɛs əˈsɛər ə li, -ˈnɛs əˌsɛr-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
unnecessariness, noun
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Examples for unnecessarily
  • Don't look down, the climber below me kept repeating unnecessarily.
  • It was obviously and quite unnecessarily out of his way, though not much so.
  • And, by telling people that it's all about selfishness, you're alienating a huge potential part of the market unnecessarily.
  • Thus, the software avoids raising alarms unnecessarily.
  • Tim graciously watched a few minutes of this rather odd, unnecessarily complicated experiment.
  • Until then, even exceptional teachers will work unnecessarily long days to get results.
  • Tragically, people are dying unnecessarily as a result of misinformation promulgated by this group.
  • Studies indicate as many as one third are prescribed unnecessarily.
  • Protective relays rely on local information and can be fooled into disconnecting a line unnecessarily.
  • Easy to claim from an unnecessarily anonymous position.
British Dictionary definitions for unnecessarily

unnecessary

/ʌnˈnɛsɪsərɪ; -ɪsrɪ/
adjective
1.
not necessary
Derived Forms
unnecessarily, adverb
unnecessariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unnecessarily
unnecessary
1548, from un- (1) "not" + necessary.
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