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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.


  1. unnecessarily

    Unnecessarily refers to something done without need, in excess or lacking purpose or justification. It means doing more than what is required, expected, or appropriate in a particular context, often in a way that causes inconvenience, harm or waste.

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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. Ryan McCormick:

    Any kind of statement or action taken by networks when a scandal arises may unnecessarily fan the flames of public interest in the scandal, silence may be an effective strategy at times however, silence can also be detrimental ….

  2. 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.

  3. Jennifer Geggie:

    Unnecessarily injecting uncertainty in how services would be provided to shippers .. is shocking and egregious.

  4. Lynn Rusten:

    An overly ambitious approach will be unnecessarily risky, you can have the belt and suspenders, and start to lay the groundwork for a more ambitious agreement. But I don't think getting rid of the belt and suspenders enhances chances of getting the more ambitious agreement.

  5. The Talmud:

    Never expose yourself unnecessarily to danger; a miracle may not save you...and if it does, it will be deducted from your share of luck or merit.

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