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 In a statement to PEOPLE, his attorney Dawn Florio said the traffic stop was unwarranted, and that Tjay did not know the guns were in the car. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 17 Jan. 2023 President Biden’s rhetorical bombast is both unwarranted and dishonest. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 18 Dec. 2022 Consumers should call their legislators and demand change of legislation regarding one-way attorney fees that encourage attorneys to file unwarranted and frivolous lawsuits without risk. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, 10 Oct. 2020 But Burns concluded that the fears were unwarranted. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Jan. 2023 To outsiders, the spectacle might’ve seemed unwarranted, thinking the merge is just some boring software upgrade. Taylor Locke, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2022 Instead, a deputy to City Attorney Mara Elliott responded with a letter early this month saying the request was unwarranted because city officials had taken no specific action subject to legal challenge. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Dec. 2022 The new approach, however, comes amid growing debate over the policing of social media posts and a legacy of unwarranted surveillance of Black and brown communities. Marina Villeneuve And Maysoon Khan, USA TODAY, 9 July 2022 The new approach, however, comes amid growing debate over the policing of social media posts and a legacy of unwarranted surveillance of Black and brown communities. CBS News, 8 July 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 2 Feb. 2023.

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