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Definitions for unnecessarily
-ˌnɛs əˈsɛər ə li, -ˈnɛs əˌsɛr-un·nec·es·sar·i·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unnecessarilyadverb

    in an unnecessary manner

    "they were unnecessarily rude"

  2. unnecessarilyadverb

    without any necessity

    "this marathon would exhaust him unnecessarily"


  1. unnecessarilyadverb

    Needlessly, not necessarily

  2. unnecessarilyadverb

    Not by necessity.

    He unnecessarily repeated too much of what others had covered.

  3. unnecessarilyadverb

    To an extent beyond what is needed.

    The food provided was unnecessarily generous, especially for an Oxfam event.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unnecessarilyadverb

    Without necessity; without need; needlessly.

    To abrogate, without constraint of manifest harm thereby arising, had been to alter unnecessarily, in their judgment, the antient, received custom of the whole church. Richard Hooker.

    ’Tis highly imprudent in the greatest of men, unnecessarily to provoke the meanest. Roger L'Estrange.

    These words come in without any connexion with the story, and consequently unnecessarily. William Broome.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unnecessarily in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unnecessarily in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of unnecessarily in a Sentence

  1. Nicola Sturgeon:

    I have asked the UK government not to deploy their' Stay Alert' advertising campaign in Scotland, because the message at this stage in Scotland is... except for the essential reasons you know about, stay at home, we must not squander our progress by easing up too soon, or by sending mixed messages that result in people thinking it's okay to ease up now. Let me be very blunt about the consequences if we were to do that : people will die unnecessarily. We must not take that risk.

  2. Julia Stasch:

    For too long America has incarcerated too many people unnecessarily, spending too much money without improving public safety.

  3. Lewis Grove:

    Our organization really wants to focus on how we go through this transition and deliberately do it in a way that does not unnecessarily impact bird populations, wind turbines — they're big and they move and they're up in the sky, obviously.

  4. Merrick Garland:

    Thousands of people on home confinement have reconnected with their families, have found gainful employment, and have followed the rules, we will exercise our authority so that those who have made rehabilitative progress and complied with the conditions of home confinement, and who in the interests of justice should be given an opportunity to continue transitioning back to society, are not unnecessarily returnedto prison.

  5. Lee Goodman:

    The U.S. has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the world, it is a tragedy and a disgrace that we have failed to do all we could to confront this public health crisis, and as a result, many people have died unnecessarily. But, we can do better in the future. We hope that public awareness will lead people to demand a more effective response by our federal government.

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    involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm
    • A. hatched
    • B. witless
    • C. dangerous
    • D. profound

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