un·​war·​rant·​ed ˌən-ˈwȯr-ən-təd How to pronounce unwarranted (audio)
: lacking adequate or official support : not warranted : unjustified
unwarranted fears
an unwarranted intrusion
Their criticism is unwarranted.

Examples of unwarranted in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unwarranted was in 1577

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“Unwarranted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwarranted. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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