un·​nec·​es·​sary ˌən-ˈne-sə-ˌser-ē How to pronounce unnecessary (audio)
: not necessary

Examples of unnecessary in a Sentence

In this city, owning a car is unnecessary. Let's not take any unnecessary risks.
Recent Examples on the Web Neither wants to have a legal obligation to fight for the other and be dragged into an unnecessary conflict. Alexander Gabuev, Foreign Affairs, 9 Apr. 2024 For younger children, ages 3-7, parents should avoid going into extensive, unnecessary detail. Mia Taylor, Parents, 9 Apr. 2024 However, some folks support the woman, saying that some vets look for reasons to do expensive tests, and that most of them are unnecessary and not worth putting the cat through the trauma of a visit. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 8 Apr. 2024 Late clients, lack of hair integrity and unnecessary deposit fees are causing the Black hair community’s safe space to become an uncomfortable environment. Essence, 8 Apr. 2024 Parking is available, but a car is unnecessary, and the Ginza-Itchome Station is about a two-minute walk away. Nicole Trilivas, Travel + Leisure, 7 Apr. 2024 Dee Dee subjected her daughter to numerous unnecessary medical treatments and procedures throughout her childhood and adolescence based on false diagnoses. Danielle Bacher, Peoplemag, 5 Apr. 2024 Drinking black coffee is your best bet to gain the drink's health benefits without consuming unnecessary calories. Weight Loss Advisors, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 In 2017, a Republican commissioner argued that regulation was unnecessary, pointing out that consumers knew how dangerous the saws were but most made the choice not to pay the SawStop premium. Ben Blatt, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unnecessary was in the 15th century

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“Unnecessary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unnecessary. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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un·​nec·​es·​sary ˌən-ˈnes-ə-ˌser-ē How to pronounce unnecessary (audio)
: not necessary

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