- not called for; not required; superfluous; unwanted.
- unwarranted; unjustified; improper: an uncalled-for criticism.
Origin of uncalled-for
First recorded in 1600–10
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Related Words for uncalled forincorrect, unwarranted, inadmissible, inaccurate, irregular, inappropriate, wrong, erroneous, awkward, ill-advised, imprudent, false, dizzying, irrational, unreasonable, undue, exorbitant, unconscionable, disproportionate, unrelenting
- unnecessary or unwarranted
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Not justified, undeserved, as in That rude remark was uncalled for. [Early 1800s] Also see call for, def. 3.
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