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 These experiences may seem unnecessarily indulgent, but one thing is clear: The demand is there. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2022 The lawsuit said Sampson was an honor student and football player whose life was unnecessarily cut short because of negligence. Fox News, 25 Apr. 2022 The suit said the teen's life was unnecessarily cut short. NBC News, 25 Apr. 2022 Visitors are often feeding the animals, getting too close for a selfie or trying to unnecessarily assist the animals, which are in their natural habitat. Byjulia Jacobo, ABC News, 21 Apr. 2022 But some additional stipulations to the older formulation of the idea were unnecessarily taken as truth. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Apr. 2022 This policy is unnecessarily setting in motion myriad health consequences for families that could last generations. Annie Leone, STAT, 19 Apr. 2022 Back in February, as the war began, the administration worried such weaponry could unnecessarily provoke Russia. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Currently, DAs can pursue charges and jail time for parents making progress in DHS cases, resulting in children pulled out of their home unnecessarily. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unnecessarily

1565, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unnecessarily was in 1565

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“Unnecessarily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unnecessarily. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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