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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.
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Origin of uncalled-for

First recorded in 1600–10
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British Dictionary definitions for uncalled for

uncalled-for

adjective
  1. unnecessary or unwarranted
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Idioms and Phrases with uncalled for

uncalled for

Not justified, undeserved, as in That rude remark was uncalled for. [Early 1800s] Also see call for, def. 3.

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