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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At stake in this case is the right to shape, for oneself, without unwarranted governmental intrusion, one’s own identity, destiny, and place in the world. David Pitt, BostonGlobe.com, "Iowa court blocks 72-hour waiting period for abortion," 29 June 2018 Much of the concern surrounding Doncic, the 18-year-old Slovenian guard, is largely unwarranted. Matthew Giles, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the top 50 prospects in the 2018 NBA draft," 19 June 2018 Johnson declared that their worries are completely unwarranted. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson looks to woo Brexit skeptics with a speech promising glories to come," 14 Feb. 2018 This isn't the first time that makeup has received unwarranted attention and policing. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "The International Gymnastics Federation Just Banned 'Heavy Makeup' From Competitions," 2 Nov. 2018 But the level of obsession with this goal seems unwarranted by cold-eyed politics. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The strong case for building more stuff," 24 Sep. 2018 Today, Grant came for Teigen with some harsh (read: totally unwarranted) language. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Sister Samantha Just Called Chrissy Teigen a "Pudgy Airhead"," 30 July 2018 Silva has been on their radar since late 2017, and was sacked by Watford in January 2018 for his involvement in an 'unwarranted approach' from an unnamed Premier League club - widely believed to be Everton. SI.com, "Everton 'Confident' of Finally Unveiling Marco Silva as New Manager This Week," 29 May 2018 His appearance at the nuptials with his wife Charlotte Riley wasn't completely unwarranted; the actor had been seen out with Prince Harry before. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tom Hardy Got a Royal Wedding Invite For a "Deeply Private" Reason," 8 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of unwarranted

1577, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unwarranted

formal : not necessary or appropriate : not warranted

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