un·​nec·​es·​sar·​i·​ly ˌən-ˌne-sə-ˈser-ə-lē How to pronounce unnecessarily (audio)
: not by necessity : to an unnecessary degree
unnecessarily harsh criticism

Examples of unnecessarily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Specifically, the assistant gives unnecessarily long or inaccurate responses and struggles with tasks that require operating several services at once. Emily Price, PCMAG, 22 Jan. 2024 The American process of counting and certifying electoral votes for president, differing from state to state, is not just unnecessarily time-consuming but fraught with the possibilities of abuse, or at least doubt, about the election’s outcome. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 19 Jan. 2024 Phones are unnecessarily expensive these days, and Samsung is pushing prices toward the high end. Julian Chokkattu, WIRED, 18 Jan. 2024 Affirming the Colorado supreme court’s methods would unnecessarily set a dangerous precedent that could chill the speech of politicians and activists of all political persuasions. Thomas A. Berry, National Review, 8 Feb. 2024 Councilmember Rob Moore argued that discussing these changes is unnecessarily slowing the process, and said that the council can still implement restrictions on where housing can be built after the Housing Element has been approved. Isha Trivedi, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024 Holding a three-team ceremony would be awkward and unnecessarily bring back memories of Valieva’s joy-sapping cheating. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2024 Therefore, media reports about these particles in drinking water do nothing more than unnecessarily scare consumers. Sara Moniuszko, CBS News, 10 Jan. 2024 Subjecting buildings that are 45-years or older to historical evaluation is unnecessarily burdensome. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unnecessarily was in 1565

Dictionary Entries Near unnecessarily

Cite this Entry

“Unnecessarily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unnecessarily. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​nec·​es·​sar·​i·​ly ˌən-ˌnes-ə-ˈser-ə-lē How to pronounce unnecessarily (audio)
: not by necessity
spent money unnecessarily
: to an unnecessary degree
an unnecessarily harsh punishment

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