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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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Recent Examples on the Web And the utility has no right and should have no right to claw those savings back in the form of unjustified charges. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Alabama Power solar fee questioned in public hearing," 21 Nov. 2019 The desire to avoid a public hearing suggests that the sponsors are aware that the bill is unjustified and unnecessary. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Is Back," 10 Feb. 2020 Democrats have criticized the strike to kill Soleimani as risky and unjustified. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "'We don't want any more war': Senate votes to curb Trump on Iran," 13 Feb. 2020 In 2016, the California State Auditor issued a report that found that many entries were unjustified or unsubstantiated. Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY, "California Department of Justice to investigate LAPD for falsifying gang database records," 11 Feb. 2020 Similar to Horowitz's findings, the court ruling undercut arguments that the FBI investigation or Justice Department prosecution of Flynn was unjustified or improperly handled. Anchorage Daily News, "Sentencing of former national security adviser set after judge rejects attacks on the FBI and Justice Department," 16 Dec. 2019 The third cop, Officer Mohammed Ali, also fired shots during the later parts of the confrontation, but the agency did not find his actions unjustified or recommend discipline. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, "Investigators find Chicago cop had ‘reckless disregard for human life’ in fatal shooting of fleeing teen. But officer can’t be fired because ruling came too late.," 23 Oct. 2019 Still, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House will vote Thursday on a resolution limiting Trump's military action with Iran, as Democrats believe his decision to kill Soleimani was unjustified and some have labeled an assassination. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Mike Lee says Iran briefers 'dismissive' on Trump war powers," 8 Jan. 2020 Critics said Zimmerman was unjustified in confronting Trayvon, particularly since Zimmerman disregarded a police dispatcher's advice to stop following the teen. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "George Zimmerman lawsuit reminds us of how significant the Trayvon Martin case was for a divided country," 5 Dec. 2019

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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 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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