unnecessarily

adverb
un·​nec·​es·​sar·​i·​ly | \ ˌən-ˌne-sə-ˈser-ə-lē How to pronounce unnecessarily (audio) \

Definition of unnecessarily

: not by necessity : to an unnecessary degree unnecessarily harsh criticism

Examples of unnecessarily in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The degree programs also should avoid unnecessarily duplicating programs at other higher education institutions in Arizona, according to the law. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 4 Nov. 2021 Prosecutors argued the bomb blasts used in the scene that went fatally wrong were unnecessarily powerful, and the coordinator’s negligence and recklessness were partially to blame. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2021 The defense, however, will try to convince jurors that Grosskreutz unnecessarily inserted himself into a dangerous situation. Stacy St. Clair, chicagotribune.com, 8 Nov. 2021 In a lengthy statement, the Princeton group harshly criticized the Legislature’s proposal for chopping up Salt Lake City and County and unnecessarily dividing communities. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Nov. 2021 Every week that Fuente remains on the sideline, the question unnecessarily lingers over what’s going to happen at Virginia Tech, even though everyone already knows the outcome. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 7 Nov. 2021 The proposal risks politicizing accounting rules, encouraging companies to distort their financial results, and unnecessarily complicates tax calculations, the experts said in a letter to lawmakers on Thursday. Theo Francis, WSJ, 6 Nov. 2021 Georgia's governor on Wednesday suspended a sheriff accused of violating the civil rights of several people in his custody by ordering them unnecessarily strapped into restraint chairs and left there for hours. Fox News, 3 June 2021 Georgia's governor on Wednesday suspended a sheriff accused of violating the civil rights of several people in his custody by ordering them unnecessarily strapped into restraint chairs and left there for hours. Kate Brumback, ajc, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of unnecessarily

1565, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unnecessarily was in 1565

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23 Nov 2021

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“Unnecessarily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unnecessarily. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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