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uncalled-for

[ uhn-kawld-fawr ]
/ ʌnˈkɔldˌfɔr /
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adjective

not called for; not required; superfluous; unwanted.
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
/ (ˌʌnˈkɔːldfɔː) /

adjective

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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