unjustified

adjective
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

Examples of unjustified in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Western and Ukrainian officials say Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began on Feb. 24, was unprovoked and is unjustified. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, 9 May 2022 To a certain degree the blame is unjustified: Germany’s defense ministry, and by extension the armed forces, had been under the control of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats for the past 16 years. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 26 Apr. 2022 Yet Fanny is also a fool for love, or at least an unexplored, unjustified and unbelievable fool. Frank Rizzo, Variety, 24 Apr. 2022 Henry Douglas Horsley, Curtis, and other family members all believe Craig’s killing was unjustified, yet their story has largely gone unheard. Cheyenne Roundtree, Rolling Stone, 24 Apr. 2022 The Fourth District Court of Appeal said $42 million of that amount, penalties for the company’s spoken sales pitches to doctors, was unjustified because the state had no evidence of what the sales representatives had actually said. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2022 How else could the Russian President have so recklessly placed the world on the precipice of the unthinkable, with what outside the Kremlin is seen as an unjustified and unwinnable war in Ukraine? Douglas London, CNN, 4 Mar. 2022 Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked attack on Ukraine is putting countless innocent lives at risk with air and missile attacks, ground forces and special forces from multiple directions targeting military infrastructure and major urban centers. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2022 President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Monday that Ukrainian forces had freed Irpin from Russian control, more than a month after Russia attacked and invaded Ukraine in an assault that has been widely condemned as an unprovoked and unjustified attack. NBC News, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unjustified

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unjustified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unjustified. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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unjustified

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

Legal Definition of unjustified

: not justified an unjustified intrusion

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