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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Appreciate the simple things, and don’t make anything unnecessarily complicated. Alexander Lobrano, WSJ, "The Secret to Happiness, From a French Kitchen," 10 Oct. 2018 Like too many bars around town, the house cocktails here are unnecessarily complicated. Naren Young, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Bars in Barcelona," 3 Mar. 2018 Critics say that the end result was ultimately an unsatisfying and unnecessarily complicated hodgepodge of these two schools of thought. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Why Silvio Berlusconi looks like stability to many Italians," 1 Mar. 2018 Vettel was summoned to the stewards for driving unnecessarily slowly on an in lap during qualifying, but no action was taken against him. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "Royal approval: Leclerc’s F1 pole praised by Prince Albert," 30 Mar. 2019 The state surely could have made an accommodation, and refusing to do so under the circumstances seems unnecessarily cruel. Luke Goodrich, WSJ, "The Supreme Court Isn’t Anti-Muslim," 12 Feb. 2019 Also, retaining this app data for several years feels like an unnecessarily long time. New York Times, "Google’s File on Me Was Huge. Here’s Why It Wasn’t as Creepy as My Facebook Data.," 16 May 2018 As the New York Times first reported and The Washington Post has confirmed, McConnell spoke to Trump on Friday and raised that prospect that either Kavanaugh or Barrett could unnecessarily jeopardize an expeditious confirmation of the new justice. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "The most interesting late development in Trump’s Supreme Court derby," 9 July 2018 Hybrids, BEVs, PHEVs, and even a FCEV Previous SlideNext Slide These are the vehicles that most interest us here at Ars—and many of you, too, judging by the (often unnecessarily rude) comments in some of the discussion threads. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2018 Cars Technica cars and SUVs of the year," 30 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of unnecessarily

1565, in the meaning defined above

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one that collects or salvages junk

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