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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Examples of unwarranted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Concerning undesirable behavior, much has already been written about preventing unwarranted use of force by police. Daniel Nagin, Washington Post, "Guest Post: Constructing civility and trust between police and citizens," 9 Sep. 2020 Anti-vaccine arguments frequently attack people instead of ideas, confuse one vaccine for the entire category of vaccines (which often use very different technologies), or draw unwarranted conclusions. Jonathan M. Berman, STAT, "Believers need to be as prepared for a Covid-19 vaccine as anti-vaxxers are against it," 9 Sep. 2020 But these actions were scientifically unjustified, and were motivated only by misinformation and unwarranted fear. Sabrina Sholts, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Museums Can Help the Public Make Sense of Pandemics," 26 Feb. 2020 Activists have chided the company for selling software that enables overly aggressive policing, unwarranted deportations and invasions of privacy. Lizette Chapman, Bloomberg.com, "Palantir Waves the Flag and Embraces Its U.S. Government Roots," 29 Aug. 2020 Brown rejected a $400,000 settlement offer from the Milwaukee Police Department, citing a sense of responsibility to use his platform to raise awareness of unwarranted police brutality. Dallas News, "As NBA players stand in solidarity for social change, racial justice, their postseason suddenly hangs in the balance," 27 Aug. 2020 The interview went viral, prompting an unprecedentedly vocal response from the Jewish community, many of whom are weary of opportunistic and unwarranted comparisons with the Holocaust. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "On Xinjiang, even those wary of Holocaust comparisons are reaching for the word “genocide”," 20 Aug. 2020 To be fair, not all of the critical commentary about her is unwarranted; Cardi has made some significant missteps, like her use of anti-Asian slurs and her involvement in an alleged planned attack on two strip club employees. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Cardi B Is Tired Of Being Cancelled," 12 Aug. 2020 Decades of fearing a nuclear war that didn’t happen may have induced an unwarranted complacency that this threat belongs to the past. Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, "The New Nuclear Threat," 22 July 2020

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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 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unwarranted

formal : not necessary or appropriate : not warranted

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