unnecessary

adjective
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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Their success in that regard is debatable; the coziest moment in the new production arrives in an unnecessary rendition of a Sara Bareilles tune. Mikael Wood, latimes.com, "J. Lo at 50: A-Rod, arenas and a surprisingly durable (even to her) career," 7 June 2019 My biggest peeve, however, is the ultra-bright and wholly unnecessary light on the handle. Christopher Null, WIRED, "Which Toothbrush Subscription Service Is the Best?," 6 June 2019 The look of disgust in Stevens’s face as Lowry calls him out for the unnecessary contact is particularly gross as well. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Is a One-Year Ban Enough for the Warriors' Part-Owner Who Shoved Kyle Lowry?," 6 June 2019 The result was uniquely, though quietly, graphic, and rendered any other makeup wholly unnecessary. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Behati Prinsloo Has the Simplest Trick for Cool-Girl Eyeliner," 6 June 2019 As a member of the Indiana Pacers, World Peace delivered an unnecessary hard foul to the Detroit Pistons’ Ben Wallace with under a minute left in the game, and the two got into a heated confrontation. Jemele Hill, The Atlantic, "The Turbulent Journey of Metta World Peace," 5 June 2019 The message is clear: not only is college now an unnecessary step in player development for the USMNT, it is considered a detriment by U.S. Soccer. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al.com, "Alabama-born players represent future of U.S. Soccer," 3 June 2019 The majority of people who receive the prescriptions are women, according to the study, but the split indicates that more than 40 percent of men also receive what the study says are unnecessary drugs. oregonlive.com, "Dentists overprescribe antibiotics before surgery 80 percent of time, OSU study says," 3 June 2019 Unfortunately, however, the outlet isn't without its fair share of makeup-hating trolls — many of whom spew negative and highly unnecessary vitriol that can make even those with the thickest of skin feel fed up. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "This Redditor’s Spongebob Meme Makeup Is the Most Genius Response to Criticism I’ve Ever Seen," 13 May 2019

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First Known Use of unnecessary

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for unnecessary

unnecessary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unnecessary

: not needed or necessary

unnecessary

adjective
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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