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unnecessary

[uhn-nes-uh-ser-ee] /ʌnˈnɛs əˌsɛr i/
adjective
1.
not necessary or essential; needless; unessential.
noun, plural unnecessaries.
2.
unnecessaries, things that are not necessary or essential.
Origin of unnecessary
1540-1550
1540-50; un-1 + necessary
Related forms
unnecessarily
[uhn-nes-uh-sair-uh-lee, -nes-uh-ser-] /ʌnˌnɛs əˈsɛər ə li, -ˈnɛs əˌsɛr-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
unnecessariness, noun
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  • He shunned society; avoided all unnecessary movement or excitement.

    The Pilgrims Of The Rhine Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • This is, perhaps, an unnecessary, as well as inadequate fiction.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • The communication from the money-lender's son was a long one, containing much news which it will be unnecessary to give here.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • Of Mr. Blowter's adventures it is unnecessary to tell in detail.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • Go up and try to persuade Miss Elizabeth that it is unnecessary for her to remain.

    Poppea of the Post-Office Mabel Osgood Wright
British Dictionary definitions for unnecessary

unnecessary

/ʌnˈnɛsɪsərɪ; -ɪsrɪ/
adjective
1.
not necessary
Derived Forms
unnecessarily, adverb
unnecessariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unnecessary
adj.

1540s, from un- (1) "not" + necessary. Related: Unnecessarily.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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