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

Examples of unwarranted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Defending Parents who homeschool from unwarranted CPS intrusion. Harriet Ramos, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 The complaint said the city relied on improper audit procedures, tolerated unwarranted delays in audits and failed to audit all of its business operators, and that she was fired for refusing to violate federal and local rules that govern audits. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2024 Kyle Richards isn't a fan of the unwarranted attention her husband Mauricio Umansky receives on Instagram. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2024 This often results in entirely unwarranted verbal abuse — a version of shooting the messenger. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2023 Workers' anxiety over sick day requests isn't necessarily unwarranted or overblown, either. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 9 Oct. 2023 Their concerns about the grid are not unwarranted, however — especially after Winter Storm Uri in 2021, which caused 4.5 million Texans to lose power, some for days, and resulted in 246 deaths. Breanne Deppisch, Washington Examiner, 13 Jan. 2024 At the very least, Flip is aiming to respond to the ills of today’s online shopping landscape: fake reviews, discrepancies between product photos and what arrives on your doorstep, and influencers endorsing mediocre products with unwarranted enthusiasm. Carly Olson, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2023 In her complaint, the woman said that Irvin made lewd comments and unwarranted physical contact in a conversation with her on Feb. 5 in the lobby of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown, a Marriott property. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2023 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 24 Feb. 2024.

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