unnecessary

[ uhn-nes-uh-ser-ee ]
/ ʌnˈnɛs əˌsɛr i /

adjective

not necessary or essential; needless; unessential.

noun, plural un·nec·es·sar·ies.

unnecessaries, things that are not necessary or essential.

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Origin of unnecessary

First recorded in 1540–50; un-1 + necessary

OTHER WORDS FROM unnecessary

un·nec·es·sar·i·ly [uhn-nes-uh-sair-uh-lee, -nes-uh-ser-], /ʌnˌnɛs əˈsɛər ə li, -ˈnɛs əˌsɛr-/, adverbun·nec·es·sar·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unnecessary

unnecessary
/ (ʌnˈnɛsɪsərɪ, -ɪsrɪ) /

adjective

not necessary

Derived forms of unnecessary

unnecessarily, adverbunnecessariness, noun
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