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Definitions for unnecessary
ʌnˈnɛs əˌsɛr iun·nec·es·sa·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unnecessary, unneededadjective

    not necessary


  1. unnecessaryadjective

    Not needed or necessary.

    The automatic child-frightener made clowns unnecessary.

  2. unnecessaryadjective

    Done in addition to requirements; unrequired.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unnecessaryadjective

    Needless; not wanted; useless.

    The doing of things unnecessary, is many times the cause why the most necessary are not done. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    Thou whoreson zed; thou unnecessary letter. William Shakespeare.

    Let brave spirits, fitted for command by sea or land, not be laid by, as persons unnecessary for the time. Francis Bacon.

    Lay that unnecessary fear aside;
    Mine be the care new people to provide. Dryden.

    Unnecessary coinage, as well as unnecessary revival of words, runs into affectation; a fault to be avoided on either hand. Dryden.

    They did not only shun persecution, but affirmed, that it was unnecessary for their followers to bear their religion through such fiery trials. Addison.

    The reader can easily discover how the plot will be unravelled at last; but the unnecessary intricacies in unravelling it, still remain to be accounted for. Shakesp. Illustrated.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unnecessary

    un-nes′e-sa-ri, adj. not necessary: useless: needless.—adv. Unnec′essarily, without necessity.—n. Unnec′essariness.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unnecessary' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4738

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unnecessary' in Adjectives Frequency: #644

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unnecessary in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unnecessary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of unnecessary in a Sentence

  1. Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli:

    It's impossible and unnecessary for us to maintain the high-speed growth seen in the past.

  2. Mick Mulvaney:

    The president is very much aware of the realities presented by our national debt, america's booming economy will create increased government revenues — an important step toward long-term fiscal sustainability. But this fiscal picture is a blunt warning to Congress of the dire consequences of irresponsible and unnecessary spending.

  3. Luke Cooper:

    We talked to some investors who we felt were going to take us down a path of extra diligence and unnecessary labor.

  4. Justus Mtolera:

    The government should intervene to avoid unnecessary load shedding that affects economic activities.

  5. Hendrith Smith:

    In the context of the new transportation system, Drivers Licenses will become mostly irrelevant and unnecessary. When everything is autonomous, the need for drivers licenses as a safety feature of the system will just not even make sense.

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    a protective covering (as for a knife or sword)
    • A. reciprocal
    • B. sheath
    • C. germ
    • D. encumbrance

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