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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Recent Examples on the Web Acceptance can free us to be more productive and live more happily, without unwarranted expectations. Svetlana Whitener, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Add a personal experience like an unwarranted traffic stop or such which can confirm the misguided opinion that cops are bad guys. Steve West, sun-sentinel.com, 10 Sep. 2021 My panic attacks—which are brought on by events that involve unwarranted cruelty, such as the harming innocent people—can be debilitating. Cat Lafuente, Health.com, 8 Sep. 2021 The advancement of the science occurred only through those first imperfect and uncertain steps and over the objection of those who claimed to protect the public and warned of harm to drug development, concerns that proved unwarranted. Emil D. Kakkis, STAT, 7 July 2021 Other remedial avenues are often closed as well; for one, officers who retaliate against press coverage—even through the use of unwarranted force—virtually never face prosecution for doing so. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 20 Aug. 2021 The idea was that Biden would be too experienced, too grounded in reality, too committed to the truth out of principle, too respectful of the American public to paint rosy scenarios to try to gull Americans into an unwarranted optimism. Rich Lowry, National Review, 20 Aug. 2021 Investigators called for Pirone's firing over his unwarranted use of force against Grant, inappropriate use of language as well as his dishonesty about his actions, among other policy violations. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 But the board merely extended an earlier 35-month probation imposed on Sears for an earlier issuance of an unwarranted vaccine exemption. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of unwarranted

1577, in the meaning defined above

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“Unwarranted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwarranted. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unwarranted

: not necessary or appropriate : not warranted

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