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noun, plural un·nec·es·sar·ies.
  1. unnecessaries, things that are not necessary or essential.

Origin of unnecessary

First recorded in 1540–50; un-1 + necessary
Related formsun·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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  1. not necessary
Derived Formsunnecessarily, adverbunnecessariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unnecessary

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

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