unnecessarily

adverb
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

Examples of unnecessarily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cries of the new electronic line-calling system suddenly felt unnecessarily loud and obtrusive. Justin Bergman, Star Tribune, "Australian Open goes quiet as lockdown keeps crowds away," 13 Feb. 2021 The cries of the new electronic line-calling system suddenly felt unnecessarily loud and obtrusive. Justin Bergman, ajc, "Australian Open goes quiet as lockdown keeps crowds away," 13 Feb. 2021 Some critics note that imposing income limits on the measure could unnecessarily complicate its rollout, compared to a flat payment regardless of income. Whizy Kim, refinery29.com, "Democrats Want To Give Every Child At Least $3,000 Per Year — But Will It Happen?," 8 Feb. 2021 Many fear that move, which comes with strict U.S. sanctions, will unnecessarily exacerbate what is already one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Matthew Lee, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden pauses Trump policies as Blinken takes diplomatic helm," 28 Jan. 2021 And unnecessarily ostracizing Trump's supporters amplifies the cohesiveness of his base. Scientific American, "Readers Respond to the October 2020 Issue," 26 Jan. 2021 This particular daughter, though, is provocative, argues unnecessarily, and institutes estrangement fairly frequently. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Siblings can love (but not like) each other," 25 Jan. 2021 This particular daughter, though, is provocative, argues unnecessarily, and institutes estrangement fairly frequently. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Born-again brother critiques sister’s family via social media," 24 Jan. 2021 Arroyo called the March 5 deadline an unnecessarily arbitrary cutoff date, and argued that the requirement of a special election would be too costly and confusing for voters. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Scramble to replace Walsh just got more complicated," 22 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of unnecessarily

1565, in the meaning defined above

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20 Feb 2021

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“Unnecessarily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unnecessarily. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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