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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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 Additionally, and somewhat unnecessarily, there is also a magical old man who appears in Chicago and Belgravia with two alternating accents who doesn’t appear to really help with anything, but is certainly invested in the romantic plot. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Original Christmas Movies: A Guide to the Cheesy Holiday Flicks," 11 Dec. 2018 Skeuomorphism is the design term for a visual or audio indicator or control that is, often unnecessarily, made to look similar to something analog and familiar. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "The New Leica M10-D Is Delightfully (and Infuriatingly) Old-School," 6 Nov. 2018 Imaging overuse is widely cited by researchers as wasteful and harmful to patients, who are unnecessarily exposed to radiation and run the risk of misdiagnosis from false-positive results. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "Many Breast Cancer Patients Don’t Get Recommended Follow-Up, Study Finds," 16 July 2018 The phone ships with the latest Android 9 Pie, and OnePlus remains one of the few manufacturers that doesn’t unnecessarily tinker with every part of the OS. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—tech and gear for travel that we’d buy," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of unnecessarily

1565, in the meaning defined above

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