un·​jus·​ti·​fied ˌən-ˈjə-stə-ˌfīd How to pronounce unjustified (audio)
: not justified: such as
: not demonstrably correct or judicious : not warranted or appropriate
unjustified anger
an unjustified punishment
: not spaced to be even
unjustified lines of text
an unjustified margin

Examples of unjustified in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Canada, the Federal Court has ruled that the Trudeau government’s invocation of the Emergencies Act in response to the 2022 Freedom Convoy protests was unreasonable, unjustified, and unconstitutional. Matthew Lau, National Review, 2 Feb. 2024 That database would show how officers were punished after their conduct was found unjustified by the Use of Force Review Board. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2024 There is polling that suggests independent as well as Democratic voters are less likely to see the various cases against him as election interference, or otherwise see them as wholly unjustified. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, 28 Dec. 2023 Washington has condemned Moscow’s assault on its smaller neighbor as unjustified and together with European allies has imposed tough economic sanctions on Russia. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2023 The numerous suits against them argue that the rules constitute an overly broad and unjustified First Amendment limit; in 2020, a series of court rulings blocked former President Donald Trump’s early attempts to ban the app nationwide. Monica Chin, The Verge, 9 Sep. 2023 Cocaine was also treated as a narcotic under most state laws, but convincing judges and juries that harsh penalties were unjustified was trickier than in the case of marijuana. Andrew Weil, Harper's Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 Or is any use of it unjustified, with the mere presence of it indicating acceptance? Elise Taylor, Vogue, 6 Dec. 2023 And whatever the Americans claim, that these persons are imprisoned unjustified and unjustly, of course these claims are rejected. NBC News, 13 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unjustified was in the 14th century

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“Unjustified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unjustified. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition


: not justified
an unjustified intrusion

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