un·​war·​rant·​ed | \ˌən-ˈwȯr-ən-təd, -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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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 That decision brings Anna a measure of relief while also prompting guilt at times, which experts say is normal but unwarranted. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "What It's Like to Reclaim Your Sex Life After Sexual Assault," 4 Aug. 2018 Blake Jack said the scrutiny on him and his brother is unwarranted, saying that investigators have confirmed their whereabouts on the night Tibbetts vanished. Ryan J. Foley, The Seattle Times, "Investigators still baffled by disappearance of Iowa student," 31 July 2018 Into this unfamiliar territory stepped a fresh, exciting England team, one stripped of the unwarranted swagger of its predecessors and coached by a fundamentally decent, approachable man. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 Arpaio vowed to be there to defend Trump's administration against unwarranted investigations into the 2016 elections. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "At 86, Joe Arpaio's Senate run worries GOP voters. His response: Age doesn’t mean anything," 6 July 2018

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1577, in the meaning defined above

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