- not necessary or essential; needless; unessential.
- unnecessaries, things that are not necessary or essential.
Origin of unnecessary
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Examples from the Web for unnecessary
Sure, doctors may have said this was unnecessary, but who are you going to believe: Doctors or George Will?George Will, Fox News, and the Beginning of an Ebola Conspiracy
October 22, 2014
The U.K. alone is now treating 300 women and girls each month for the aftereffects of the brutal, unnecessary surgery.The West’s Female-Genital Mutilation Wake-Up Call
October 20, 2014
For these people, unnecessary police violence is an all too frequent reality.Police Brutality's Hidden Victims: The Disabled
September 8, 2014
This is an important and complex topic, but to some, it seems like an unnecessary question.Girls Love Science. We Tell Them Not To.
July 17, 2014
Americans have cried for decades that our federal government is bloated, that there are too many duplicative and unnecessary laws.Former Lobbyist Jack Abramoff On Congressional Travel Disclosure
July 4, 2014
Everybody said that he had only succeeded in showing that his resignation was unnecessary.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
None of them should be used, however, because they are unnecessary.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
I knew well enough that his anxiety had been on my account, but it was so unnecessary!The Bacillus of Beauty
But, for the clothworker's purpose, this purification is unnecessary.
Comment on them is unnecessary, as they speak forcibly for themselves.Ridgeway
- not necessary
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Word Origin and History for unnecessary
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