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 episode is not the first time state and local elections officials have grappled with figuring out whether voters who haven't moved are being removed from voter rolls unnecessarily. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin appeals court lets purge of voter rolls stand for now," 18 Dec. 2019 The Wisconsin team rolls into town led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, one of the NFL’s all-time leaders in having a name spelling that seems unnecessarily complicated. Rex Huppke, chicagotribune.com, "Column: A Guarantee: Bears will beat ‘senior citizen’ Aaron Rodgers and his Packers on a ‘quintuple doink’," 27 Aug. 2019 Those comments tended to personally target a scientist, lack constructive criticism, or were just unnecessarily harsh or cruel, the authors report. Christie Wilcox, Science | AAAS, "Rude paper reviews are pervasive and sometimes harmful, study finds," 12 Dec. 2019 The prescriptive nature of total carb abstinence may be appealing to some, but for others, can feel unnecessarily rigid. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "The pros and cons of keto cycling, according to health and medical experts," 9 Dec. 2019 And it has been unnecessarily inflamed by Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s unwillingness to tolerate dissent. Trudy Rubin, Twin Cities, "Trudy Rubin: Hong Kong crisis has become a crucial test of future US-China relations," 24 Nov. 2019 Hence, going back to the 1980s is likely unnecessarily aging your candidacy. Dear Sam | Expert Resume, cleveland, "What to do when you are told your resume is ‘fine,’ but you know it is not," 29 Nov. 2019 Yet public housing authorities across the country have refused to find and remove the radioactive gas from inside tenants’ homes, leaving children, senior citizens and other vulnerable people unnecessarily exposed. al, "Public housing in Huntsville shows elevated levels of radon, investigation finds," 22 Nov. 2019 But many immigrants like her who are not subject to the rule are feeling the chilling effect, with some withdrawing from social services unnecessarily. Erica Hellerstein, The Mercury News, "A looming change in immigration policy is spooking Bay Area families," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of unnecessarily

1565, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jan 2020

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“Unnecessarily.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unnecessarily. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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