un·​jus·​ti·​fied | \ˌən-ˈjə-stə-ˌfīd \

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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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 The next year, the Justice Department’s civil rights arm accused Baltimore’s police of arresting thousands of people without a valid legal basis, using unjustified force and targeting black neighborhoods for unconstitutional stops. Brad Heath, USA TODAY, "Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray's death. A wave of killings followed.," 12 July 2018 The newsprint tariffs are a heavy new tax on struggling businesses and an unjustified burden on a cherished institution, the American newspaper. Steve Forbes, WSJ, "Trump’s Newsprint Tariff Is a Tax on America’s Free Press," 28 June 2018 The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), representing Carpenter, said a warrant would provide protection against unjustified government snooping. CBS News, "Supreme Court decides police generally need a warrant to track cell phones," 22 June 2018 In 2016, the results of a federal investigation only confirmed those suspicions, finding that most of the police’s pedestrian stops were unjustified, use of force had been underreported, and minorities were stopped more often than whites. Rick Rojas, BostonGlobe.com, "Newark opens surveillance videos to public on Internet," 9 June 2018 In that case, the justices found that certain restrictions Texas had imposed in the name of protecting women’s health were medically unjustified and intended to make abortions harder to obtain. Laura Vozzella, BostonGlobe.com, "Va. seeks to dismiss suit challenging abortion restrictions," 14 July 2018 Gwijangge's deputy, Wentius Nimiangge, said the attack was unjustified and casualties were unknown because villagers had fled, state news agency Antara reported. Fox News, "Papuan leaders protest Indonesian attack on village," 13 July 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

Legal Definition of unjustified 

: not justified an unjustified intrusion

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