un·​jus·​ti·​fied | \ ˌən-ˈjə-stə-ˌfīd How to pronounce unjustified (audio) \

Definition of unjustified

: not justified: such as
a : not demonstrably correct or judicious : not warranted or appropriate unjustified anger an unjustified punishment
b : not spaced to be even unjustified lines of text an unjustified margin

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Jacob Harris' family believes the shooting was unjustified and wants the two officers who shot Harris — Dave Norman and Kris Bertz — to be fired. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Family of man killed by Phoenix police seeks $6M from the city," 27 June 2019 Abuses of customers by financial firms such as Wells Fargo and extreme and apparently unjustified price increases for basic essential drugs such as insulin produce public and political outrage. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Playing monopoly is more than just rolling the dice," 16 June 2019 The city’s new police disciplinary agency, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, ruled the shooting unjustified and recommended that Rialmo be fired, but police Superintendent Eddie Johnson determined that deadly force was warranted. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago cop Robert Rialmo takes stand at civil trial over his fatal shooting of 2," 19 June 2018 The law enabled Maryland’s attorney general to sue makers of off-patent or generic drugs that make price increases that are excessive or unjustified by the cost of producing or distributing the drug. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Appeals Court Strikes Down Maryland’s Drug-Price-Gouging Law," 13 Apr. 2018 That isn't a totally unjustified fear: The wrong wallpaper in the wrong room can at best, transport you back in time and at worst, give you a headache. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Why You Should Wallpaper Your Ceiling," 14 Dec. 2018 Washington’s law is considered the nation’s most restrictive in holding officers legally accountable for using deadly force found to be unjustified. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Washington Supreme Court rules police use-of-force initiative must go on November election ballot," 28 Aug. 2018 The police department has ruled the shooting unjustified and recommended that Trainer be fired. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "D.C. states case for firing police officer who fatally shot an unarmed motorcyclist," 11 Apr. 2018 The photos in his post suggest an unjustified racial overtone that is highly offensive. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Namesake of University of Mississippi's journalism school under fire over 'offensive' Facebook post," 21 Sep. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unjustified

: unnecessary and not right or fair : not justified


un·​jus·​ti·​fied | \ ˌən-ˈjəs-tə-ˌfīd\

Legal Definition of unjustified

: not justified an unjustified intrusion

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