un·​nec·​es·​sar·​i·​ly | \ ˌən-ˌne-sə-ˈser-ə-lē How to pronounce unnecessarily (audio) \

Definition of unnecessarily

: not by necessity : to an unnecessary degree unnecessarily harsh criticism

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First, an emphasis on gender and dress code unnecessarily takes precedence over people of different genders doing the same work. Vivian Rachelle, Quartz, "Japan’s #KuToo movement is fighting back against regressive dress codes for women," 29 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately, this unnecessarily vague warning threatens to undermine public health. Michael Siegel, National Review, "CDC’s Bias Against E-Cigarettes Is Putting Kids’ Lives at Risk," 27 Aug. 2019 But this controversy highlights what many feel is a double standard within the awards so that unnecessarily segregates international — often meaning non-Western, non-White — artists. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Here's Why The MTV VMA Best K-Pop Category Is Controversial," 23 Aug. 2019 That’s in addition to the $1.2 billion that FEMA spent unnecessarily on disasters that fell short of cost thresholds. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "Why the U.S. Disaster Agency Is Not Ready for Catastrophes," 20 Aug. 2019 One of the biggest problems that leads to unnecessarily long meetings is the leader talking too much and not asking questions or listening, according to Bob Sutton, an organizational psychologist and Stanford professor. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "You're running your meetings wrong. Here's how to make them more effective," 1 Aug. 2019 This type of monitoring makes a big impact in ensuring that natural gas and its primary component, methane, are not unnecessarily released into the atmosphere. Matthew Todd And Vanessa Ryan, Houston Chronicle, "Comment: Industry-led initiative's data shows progress in tackling emissions," 15 Aug. 2019 Early scenes are unnecessarily horrific, and the final scenes falter from a disconcerting shift in tone. SFChronicle.com, "Capsule movie reviews for Aug. 18," 14 Aug. 2019 The saga is, from head to toe, deeply strange and oh so unnecessarily dramatic. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Antonio Brown’s helmet drama is stranger than fiction — but don’t feel bad for the Raiders," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unnecessarily

1565, in the meaning defined above

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