un·​called-for ˌən-ˈkȯl(d)-ˌfȯr How to pronounce uncalled-for (audio)
: not called for or needed : unnecessary
: being or offered without provocation or justification
an uncalled-for display of temper
uncalled-for insults

Examples of uncalled-for in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The film does not hold life in particularly high esteem, leading to a rather predictable final stretch in which a succession of funerals is called for — plus one entirely uncalled-for sequence in which Oliver strips off his clothes and desecrates someone’s grave. Peter Debruge, Variety, 31 Aug. 2023 The reality star perfectly responded to rude commenters this week who made uncalled-for remarks about her appearance. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 Mar. 2023 There has been a great deal of uncalled-for propaganda against the use of white lead because of its poisonous properties. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of uncalled-for was circa 1656

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“Uncalled-for.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncalled-for. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: not called for : unnecessary
: not justified
your jealousy is uncalled-for
: impolite, rude
uncalled-for comments

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