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uncalled-for

[uhn-kawld-fawr]
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adjective
  1. not called for; not required; superfluous; unwanted.
  2. unwarranted; unjustified; improper: an uncalled-for criticism.

Origin of uncalled-for

First recorded in 1600–10
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Examples from the Web for uncalled-for

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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?


British Dictionary definitions for uncalled-for

uncalled-for

adjective
  1. unnecessary or unwarranted
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