un·​nec·​es·​sar·​i·​ly | \ˌən-ˌne-sə-ˈser-ə-lē \

Definition of unnecessarily 

: not by necessity : to an unnecessary degree unnecessarily harsh criticism

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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 What this means for you: Skype is one of the most unnecessarily confusing apps within the Microsoft ecosystem, in part because video VOIP calls are becoming a feature, rather than a standalone product. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "‘Classic’ Skype gets a stay of execution from Microsoft after users protest," 7 Aug. 2018 That makes ending this whole awful episode much more difficult, and Trump's whole posture here even more maddening, for his party — and quite unnecessarily so. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "The most stunning part of Trump’s separating-families gambit: He seems to have no real plan," 19 June 2018 That time and money is wasted when those studies are delayed unnecessarily, Benesch said. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Military Drinking-Water Crisis the White House Tried to Hide," 22 June 2018 The National Women’s Law Center recently looked at school dress codes in Washington, D.C., and found that black girls are unnecessarily and predominantly penalized under uniform rules. Angela Helm, The Root, "Black Girls Most Harshly Disciplined Over School Dress Codes, Study Finds," 29 Apr. 2018 The head of school, Jill Garrett, said in the staff meeting that the incident unnecessarily escalated. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "A D.C. school had a lockdown. This is the conversation that prompted it.," 16 June 2018 In focusing on revenge, any real healing is unnecessarily delayed by the interminable death penalty appeals process, leaving those families to spend precious years or decades of their lives reliving the horror and trauma of the murder. BostonGlobe.com, "Should Massachusetts reinstate the death penalty for those who murder police officers?," 22 June 2018

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1565, in the meaning defined above

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