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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The calls for my resignation are unwarranted, and those calls should be rescinded. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Attorney General Curtis Hill: Full transcript of his response to groping allegations," 9 July 2018 When assessing Arsenal’s current squad, though, Wenger’s belief in his players and the makeup of his team is not unwarranted. SI.com, "Arsenal Need to Stay Away From Chequebook Managers & Find Someone Who Will Continue Wenger's Legacy," 10 May 2018 Commanders dispute allegations Both Atesiano and Churchman, who was not named in the indictment, deny pressuring officers to make unwarranted arrests or to target blacks. Charles Rabin, Jay Weaver And David Ovalle, miamiherald, "The chief wanted perfect stats, so cops were told to pin crimes on blacks, probe found," 12 July 2018 Celebrity moms have received plenty of unwarranted criticism and unsolicited advice about the most ridiculous things. Emily Wang, Allure, "People Are Mom-Shaming Jessie James Decker for Letting Her Daughter Get a Sun Tan," 2 July 2018 Soon after this bloc became the majority, charter school leaders renewed longstanding complaints that the inspector general has treated their schools unfairly by launching unwarranted inquiries or probes that lasted years. Howard Blume, latimes.com, "Contract extension for L.A. Unified inspector general falls through," 2 July 2018 The motivation for all these actions was to provide an unwarranted privilege — favors — for connected people. Andrea Estes, BostonGlobe.com, "Report criticizes ex-State Police head for arrest report rewrite," 27 Apr. 2018 His Stranger Things costars have also faced their fair share of unwarranted cyberbullying and unusual fan interactions. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Finn Wolfhard's Band's First Shows Were "Cringey" Because Fans Screamed "Stranger Things" References," 15 June 2018 The replay showed Pepe’s dive to be both unwarranted and theatrical, and the goal correctly stood. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Video replay (VAR) is a joke, and it's making the World Cup worse," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of unwarranted

1577, in the meaning defined above

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to reject or criticize sharply

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