unwarranted

adjective

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Investigators quickly determined that the use of deadly force was unwarranted, and Brennand was fired. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2022 With less than two weeks until the election, Stefanowski has to convince more voters that approval is unwarranted. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 26 Oct. 2022 Investigators quickly determined that the use of deadly force was unwarranted, and Brennand was fired. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2022 Investigators quickly determined that the use of deadly force was unwarranted, and Brennand was fired. Associated Press, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Oct. 2022 The latest victim of this unwarranted hubris was Ryan, who intentionally threw this week's immunity challenge. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 20 Oct. 2022 And the overall message holds true: Being able to distinguish between true fear and unwarranted fear can be lifesaving. Hope Corrigan, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2022 The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently signaled its interest in cracking down on unwarranted denials of members’ coverage. Susan Jaffe, Fortune, 3 Oct. 2022 Jenna Bush Hager is no stranger to hearing unwarranted comments given her upbringing and career. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 29 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 26 Nov. 2022.

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