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uncalled-for

[uhn-kawld-fawr] /ʌnˈkɔldˌfɔr/
adjective
1.
not called for; not required; superfluous; unwanted.
2.
unwarranted; unjustified; improper:
an uncalled-for criticism.
Origin of uncalled-for
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10
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Examples from the Web for uncalled-for
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  • At breakfast Miss Smedley behaved in a most mean and uncalled-for manner.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • Nell's face flamed; then, ashamed of the uncalled-for blush, she laughed.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice
  • Mrs. Otway had begun by listening in silence to this uncalled-for outburst.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • "War is one thing, and uncalled-for heartlessness is another," he said.

    An Undivided Union Oliver Optic
  • Was there ever anything so ridiculous and uncalled-for as a school-feast?

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • How should we account to the world for our uncalled-for escort?

    The Green Book Mr Jkai
  • Mrs. Palmer must do him the justice to withdraw her most uncalled-for assertions.

    Old Kensington Miss Thackeray
  • Indeed, you will do both, if you give way to this most uncalled-for gloom.

    Home Influence Grace Aguilar
  • Yes, the worst had come at last, and an uncalled-for insult with it.

  • The aristocratic Merle resented the uncalled-for tug by a flash of teeth.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
British Dictionary definitions for uncalled-for

uncalled-for

/ˌʌnˈkɔːldfɔː/
adjective
1.
unnecessary or unwarranted
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