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[uhn-kawld-fawr] /ʌnˈkɔldˌfɔr/
not called for; not required; superfluous; unwanted.
unwarranted; unjustified; improper:
an uncalled-for criticism.
Origin of uncalled-for
First recorded in 1600-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Pins through the crown are an uncalled-for disfigurement, and a hat may be made just as secure without them.

    How Women Should Ride C. De Hurst
  • Mrs. Otway had begun by listening in silence to this uncalled-for outburst.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • I apologize to all of you, and especially to you, Mr. Dean, for an intemperate and uncalled-for exclamation.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • "War is one thing, and uncalled-for heartlessness is another," he said.

    An Undivided Union Oliver Optic
  • At breakfast Miss Smedley behaved in a most mean and uncalled-for manner.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • 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
  • The butcher, whom we decided not to arrange with, called and blackguarded me in the most uncalled-for manner.

    The Diary of a Nobody George Grossmith
  • Yes, the worst had come at last, and an uncalled-for insult with it.

  • This most uncalled-for burst of merriment has the effect of making Mr. Desmond preternaturally grave.

    Rossmoyne Unknown
  • 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


unnecessary or unwarranted
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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