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

Definition of unnecessary

: 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 Buyer incentives that were unnecessary a few months ago are now becoming more commonplace again and are helping some sellers avoid steeper price cuts, real-estate agents said. Veronica Dagher, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 Many businesses are cutting back on unnecessary expenses and brainstorming new ways to generate sales. Samantha Todd, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Proponents of statehood will say that this is all unnecessary: that Puerto Ricans have already made their choice. Alberto C. Medina, The New Republic, 20 July 2022 That move would be legally risky and could be unnecessary in the face of action by Congress, where the House just passed legislation to restore wind leasing in the region. Josh Wingrove, Fortune, 20 July 2022 Others called out what looked like unnecessary force used on Ajilo, triggering a collective trauma of Black victims from police brutality. Anne Quito, Quartz, 1 July 2022 That showing of unnecessary force brings us to the Spider-Man connection. Chris Smith, BGR, 15 June 2022 Last, eradicate unnecessary expenses and taxes that citizens are burdened with. George Johnson, Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 The lawsuit accused the officer of using unnecessary, unjustified, excessive force, and of violating Ingram's right to be free of unlawful and unreasonable seizure as protected under the Constitution. Emma Tucker, CNN, 15 May 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unnecessary.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of unnecessary

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About unnecessary

Time Traveler for unnecessary

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near unnecessary




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for unnecessary

Last Updated

8 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Unnecessary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unnecessary. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for unnecessary


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

More from Merriam-Webster on unnecessary

Nglish: Translation of unnecessary for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of unnecessary for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!