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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But here in Massachusetts, the Trump folks are meeting unwarranted resistance from the Baker administration. Adrian Walker, BostonGlobe.com, "In state-city squabble over low-income housing vouchers, city’s approach makes more sense," 11 June 2019 Swegle and Bridges also separately dismissed Papailiou’s proposal to remove them from the board as the latest in a string of unwarranted attacks. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Amid turmoil, judge rules Washington State Bar Association must disclose correspondence that explains director’s firing," 14 Apr. 2019 Given Williamson’s enthusiastic grin and steadied, confident pace to the stage to grip and grin with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, the lack of necktie gave him a certain prom king swagger that wasn’t unwarranted. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "Stylewise, the 2019 NBA draft was all about what you didn’t see," 21 June 2019 The film recounts yet another story of a fatal police shooting of a black suspect that was later proved to be unwarranted. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'16 Shots': Film Review," 7 June 2019 She was acquitted, but has recently come under unwarranted pressure from the authorities again. The Economist, "Elif Shafak’s new novel is powerful and unflinching," 15 June 2019 And when press releases made unwarranted inferences about animal studies, 86 percent of the journalistic coverage did, too. Brian Resnick, Vox, "How to combat overhyped science news," 11 June 2019 According to the complaint, Newman compounded the risk to her daughter by employing medical providers in several states — Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Tennessee — leading to more unwarranted medical procedures. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mom bound for trial in case of 10-year-old who police say received unnecessary medical procedures based on false health information," 10 June 2019 The unwarranted surge in parents choosing not to vaccinate their children is creating a serious public health risk throughout the state. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Governor must get on board with vaccinations bill," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of unwarranted

1577, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unwarranted was in 1577

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English Language Learners Definition of unwarranted

formal : not necessary or appropriate : not warranted

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