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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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 Government security forces in Venezuela carry out unjustified killings without any apparent consequences as the rule of law in the country quickly vanishes, a United Nations report charged Friday. Fox News, "Basic human rights in Venezuela being ‘chiseled away,’ UN report says," 22 June 2018 Their attorneys claimed that the screening practice violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars practices that have an unjustified and disproportionate impact on people because of their race or national origin. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Target agrees to settle a lawsuit alleging discrimination against blacks and Latinos," 5 Apr. 2018 The police department’s internal-affairs division in August declared the shooting unjustified, and officials recommended that Trainer be fired. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "City attorney: Police chase began with D.C. officers angry over a red-light runner and ended in a fatal shooting," 19 Apr. 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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