un·want·ed | \ ˌən-ˈwän-təd \

Definition of unwanted 

: not wanted or needed attracting unwanted attention giving away some unwanted possessions

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Yet, in a talking head interview, Lisa explains all the reasons that kind of conduct is unwanted and deeply inappropriate. refinery29.com, "Lisa Vanderpump Was Sexually Harassed On The Vanderpump Rules Finale," 1 May 2018 According to a March Chicago Tribune report, the allegations against Hybels include suggestive comments, extended hugs, an unwanted kiss and an invite to a staff member to hotel rooms. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Pastor Bill Hybels Steps Down From Willow Creek Megachurch Following Misconduct Allegations," 11 Apr. 2018 Hybels allegedly made suggestive comments, hugged for too long, gave an unwanted kiss, and invited a staff member into his hotel room. Leah Rodriguez, The Cut, "Everything to Know About the Pastor Bill Hybels Sexual-Misconduct Scandal," 11 Apr. 2018 But this isn’t like 2012, when the company was bursting at the seams with nearly 1.5 million policies that were unwanted or abandoned by hurricane-weary, private-market insurers. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Spurned by private carriers, South Florida homeowners again forced into state-run Citizens Insurance," 22 Mar. 2018 The investigation also confirmed a new allegation that Hertzberg in 2016 likely danced briefly with his backside against a male sergeant at arms in a manner that was unwanted and uncomfortable. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "Hugging banned for California lawmaker after harassment investigation | The Sacramento Bee," 8 Mar. 2018 Rain or shine, Ron Whitehead, president of the Riverview and Ryerson Circle Communities Association, and other volunteers will be out and about helping neighbors load waste, debris and unwanted items into dumpsters on Saturday, July 14. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Riverview, Ryerson Circle communities, along with Lansdowne association, host cleanup day this Saturday," 13 July 2018 In a district that routinely loses more than 1,000 teachers a year and competes with private, charter and neighboring district schools, the fear is that unwanted transfers would simply drive off the best of CMS. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "CMS leader has won fans among teachers. But these moves may test their loyalty.," 13 July 2018 Shiseido’s Translucent Pressed Powder is a favorite across the board—to seal in foundation and prevent unwanted sheen. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Ways to Make Your Foundation Look Like a Second Skin," 12 July 2018

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1697, in the meaning defined above

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un·want·ed | \ ˌən-ˈwȯn-təd , -ˈwän- \

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: not desired or needed

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