unnecessary

adjective
un·nec·es·sary | \ˌən-ˈne-sə-ˌser-ē \

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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The wrestlers, as well as athletes from other sports, said Dr. Richard Strauss, who died in 2005, conducted unnecessary, full-body physical examinations, inappropriately touched them and regularly watched them shower. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Allegations Complicate Rep. Jim Jordan’s Political Career," 11 July 2018 Training unnecessary & less susceptible to panic attack. Fortune, "Elon Musk’s Team Due in Thailand to Help Rescue Soccer Team Trapped in Flooded Cave," 7 July 2018 On the court record, Mitchell said Brents maintained his innocence and performed the volunteer work only to avoid a trial, which Mitchell said was unnecessary, and not to admit guilt. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "U of L signee Jairus Brents' shoplifting charge to be dismissed," 25 June 2018 Sizemore went out in a blaze of glory that seemed ... unnecessary, logically? The Atlantic, "Westworld: Is This Now?," 24 June 2018 This felt unnecessary, though Facebook holds on to your phone book partly to keep it synchronized with your contacts list on Messenger and to help find people who newly sign up for the messaging service. Author: Brian X. Chen, Anchorage Daily News, "I downloaded the information Facebook has on me. Yikes.," 12 Apr. 2018 Despite small elements of hamminess—some unnecessary slo-mo, some bad guitar solo in the soundtrack—Sacred Games remains throughout its eight episodes a highly distinctive cop procedural. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sacred Games Reinvents the Police Procedural," 12 July 2018 That represented an enormous amount of waste and unnecessary suffering. Eric Boodman, STAT, "Computers may surpass rabbits and rodents for some chemical safety tests," 11 July 2018 Bierhoff added that the pic caused a media storm for Ozil and unnecessary distractions for the team. SI.com, "Mesut Ozil's Germany Career Reportedly Over as Tensions Mount Following Controversial Photo," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of unnecessary

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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unnecessary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unnecessary

: not needed or necessary

unnecessary

adjective
un·nec·es·sary | \ˌən-ˈne-sə-ˌser-ē \

Kids Definition of unnecessary

: not needed

Other Words from unnecessary

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

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