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.
Recent Examples on the Web The prevention message remains the same: Wear a mask in public or in crowded places, keep your distance (at least 6 feet from others), wash your hands frequently and avoid unnecessary contact with others. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, "That nasal swab. What is it like? And what else you can expect at COVID-19 testing sites," 30 June 2020 Lovell said the noisy nightly vigil is unnecessary distraction from the work of police reform. oregonlive, "Portland’s Justice Center fence: A daunting place after dark for both protesters and police," 28 June 2020 In order to decrease density in residential facilities and minimize unnecessary social contact, college administrators are lowering dormitory occupancy and mandating changes to life in residence halls. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "University of Michigan to bring students back to campus for fall semester," 22 June 2020 Mr Johnson advised people to avoid all unnecessary contact. The Economist, "An unfortunate case study The British state shows how not to respond to a pandemic," 20 June 2020 House Republicans approved such a measure Tuesday despite objections from Democrats, who argued the bill was unnecessary. USA TODAY, "Airport number war, Navajo lockdowns, petition rules: News from around our 50 states," 18 June 2020 In this view, the finance sector would save the economy, and draining defense dollars would be unnecessary. Michael Brenes, The New Republic, "Lessons From the Long Movement to Defund the Military," 18 June 2020 The Trump administration says the regulations are burdensome to business and are unnecessary. Ellen Knickmeyer, BostonGlobe.com, "EPA drops regulation for contaminant harming babies’ brains," 18 June 2020 A few months after the incident, Batyukova filed a lawsuit against Doege in federal court alleging unnecessary force. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "Records show Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy was fired for striking jail inmate," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of unnecessary

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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2 Jul 2020

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“Unnecessary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unnecessary. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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