un·​war·​rant·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈwȯr-ən-təd How to pronounce unwarranted (audio) , -ˈwär- \

Definition of unwarranted

: lacking adequate or official support : not warranted : unjustified unwarranted fears an unwarranted intrusion Their criticism is unwarranted.

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Examples of unwarranted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It Act could be used to create a crypto backdoor that would undermine the privacy of people across the internet and put people at risk of unwarranted surveillance by repressive governments. Whitfield Diffie, Scientific American, "The Encryption Wars Are Back, but in Disguise," 30 June 2020 In a preprint, though, a famous scientist’s exaggerated or unwarranted claims may be more likely to be called out, instead of less so. Simine Vazire, Wired, "Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals Don't Really Do Their Job," 25 June 2020 Tony Reeves, the lead detective who pursued the unwarranted arrest of Fesser three years ago at the direction of then-Chief Terry Timeus. oregonlive, "Two sons of former NBA player Brian Grant, a West Linn resident, ask Portland’s Michael Fesser to speak at anti-racism rally," 19 June 2020 Rozier claims the arrest was unwarranted and that excessive force was used. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "New York woman arrested for not wearing face mask properly plans to file $10M lawsuit," 18 June 2020 But there’s another side of the coin: Pregnancy-shaming for moms-to-be—and fitness trainer and influencer Anna Victoria, who's currently 32 weeks pregnant, found herself on the receiving end some unwarranted pregnancy advice recently. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Fitness Influencer Anna Victoria Fights Back Against People Shaming Her for Working Out While Pregnant," 18 June 2020 Following the meeting, Carter met with the Shenandoah Commonwealth's Attorney, who agreed that the charge against McCray was unwarranted and dropped it. Rebekah Riess And Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Charges dropped against black pastor who was assaulted; now 5 people are charged with hate crimes," 16 June 2020 Our response has been consistently that such concessions are unwarranted, would be fundamentally unfair to players, and our sport deserves the fullest 2020 season possible. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Players' union done negotiating, tells MLB to simply tell the players when to show up for work," 14 June 2020 While those critics saw wanton violence and unwarranted destruction, black film critics, scholars, and audiences saw a scene that represented the fury and sorrow that was part of their everyday lives. Samantha N. Sheppard, The Atlantic, "The Films That Understand Why People Riot," 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of unwarranted

1577, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jul 2020

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“Unwarranted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwarranted. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unwarranted

formal : not necessary or appropriate : not warranted

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