un·nec·es·sar·i·ly | \ˌən-ˌne-sə-ˈser-ə-lē \

Definition of unnecessarily 

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

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The head of school, Jill Garrett, said in the staff meeting that the incident unnecessarily escalated. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "A D.C. school had a lockdown. This is the conversation that prompted it.," 16 June 2018 In focusing on revenge, any real healing is unnecessarily delayed by the interminable death penalty appeals process, leaving those families to spend precious years or decades of their lives reliving the horror and trauma of the murder. BostonGlobe.com, "Should Massachusetts reinstate the death penalty for those who murder police officers?," 22 June 2018 Bier said the drops have been especially pronounced for people trying to enter the U.S. from Muslim countries, since those applications are being unnecessarily delayed and scrutinized. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "All the ways President Trump is cutting legal immigration," 12 June 2018 The BeatsX have a fatiguing sound, an unnecessarily long wire that gets in the way, and a price that’s more than double the cost of the Bullets Wireless. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "OnePlus Bullets Wireless review: exceeding expectations," 21 May 2018 The 10-run rule has long been widely instituted across high school softball and baseball as a measure to keep noncompetitive games from going unnecessarily long. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On the same night, Whitnall and Kettle Moraine softball pulled off two of the most epic comebacks you'll ever see," 19 May 2018 Several critics, speaking on the condition of anonymity to avoid antagonizing prosecutors, said the questioning of rape victims in Manhattan was unnecessarily harsh. New York Times, "Harvey Weinstein’s Arrest May Define Manhattan D.A.’s Legacy," 27 May 2018 The suit claims that Ithaca College didn’t follow academic due process regarding a dispute about a student who had received a D in Stuprich’s class and later claimed an email Stuprich sent him about the grade was unnecessarily harsh. Cleve R. Wootson Jr. And Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, "This professor bragged she can’t be fired for bad-mouthing Barbara Bush. She might be right.," 20 Apr. 2018 The situation in recent days has drawn widespread criticism not only form Democrats, but some Republicans who have condemned the policy as unnecessarily cruel. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Rally at Phoenix courthouse protests Trump's child-separation policy," 18 June 2018

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1565, in the meaning defined above

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