un·​nec·​es·​sary | \ ˌən-ˈne-sə-ˌser-ē How to pronounce unnecessary (audio) \

Definition of unnecessary

: not necessary

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Examples of unnecessary in a Sentence

In this city, owning a car is unnecessary. Let's not take any unnecessary risks.

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These days, such additional hardware is increasingly unnecessary. The Economist, "Companies are taking advantage of their new ability to track their workers," 12 Sep. 2019 Let go of self-doubt, create a plan and curb unnecessary expenditures. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 12, 2019: Happy birthday Emmy Rossum; Pisces, meditate to improve your mood," 12 Sep. 2019 Despite that, Deters is involved in hundreds of lawsuits filed against Dr. Abubaker Atiq Durrani, a spine surgeon, accused of performing unnecessary surgeries at local hospitals that caused permanent harm. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "Eric Deters released from jail after appeals court intervenes," 11 Sep. 2019 And changes to the trail are totally unnecessary, naysayers say. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your pier or mine? La Playa docks are dredging up big controversy in this upscale Shelter Island area," 24 Aug. 2019 Rosselló said confirmation by both houses was unnecessary for a recess appointment, an assertion that appeared certain to generate legal challenges. Danica Coto, Anchorage Daily News, "Puerto Rico governor resigns as promised; successor sworn in," 3 Aug. 2019 This obsession with protein is not only unnecessary. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "The American diet is having an unhealthy love affair with protein," 20 July 2019 Stripping the roster for parts is presently unnecessary just one season after winning the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "How Will the Raptors Pivot Following Kawhi Leonard’s Departure?," 17 July 2019 The significant difference in cost stemmed from several items, such as the need to construct a tall platform at Burbank High, which is unnecessary at Memorial Field because of the height and angle of the stadium’s seating layout. Andrew J. Campa, Burbank Leader, "Burbank High School seniors will need to pay again to keep graduations on campus," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of unnecessary

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unnecessary

: not needed or necessary


un·​nec·​es·​sary | \ ˌən-ˈne-sə-ˌser-ē How to pronounce unnecessary (audio) \

Kids Definition of unnecessary

: not needed

Other Words from unnecessary

unnecessarily \ ˈən-​ˌne-​sə-​ˈser-​ə-​lē \ adverb

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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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