verb (used with object)
Origin of warrant
Related Words for unwarrantedbaseless, undue, gratuitous, unjust, unreasonable, unjustified, groundless, inexcusable, unjustifiable, unconscionable, unfair, unfounded, indefensible, unprovoked, bottomless, uncalled-for, wrong, unwarrantable
Examples from the Web for unwarranted
Contemporary Examples of unwarranted
Americans have a right to fear over-zealous and unwarranted surveillance by the NSA.Ebola, ISIS, the Border: So Much to Fear, So Little Time!
November 2, 2014
The inference that the child was treated as an equal in the community is unwarranted.Living With Disability in the Dark Ages
July 22, 2014
It was partly the wish for a right to privacy from unwarranted government intrusion that set in motion the American Revolution.Snowden Deserves the Medal of Freedom, Not Prosecution
June 8, 2014
But she argues that the sabotage charge is unwarranted—a gratuitous retaliation for making the Obama administration look bad.The Nuclear Nun Goes to Jail
February 18, 2014
Some couples who have been early to marry and early to divorce may “internalize an unwarranted sense of guilt or shame.”The Gay Divorce Trap: When Same-Sex Marriage Goes Wrong
September 30, 2013
Historical Examples of unwarranted
The following sections will show that this tendency is unwarranted and unpractical.Histology of the Blood
My money came as if by magic, unasked and unwarranted, like the gold of sunset.
I proceeded to press my selfish, remorseless, unwarranted demand!
The result is a harsh and awkward style, unwarranted by any necessity.Punctuation
Frederick W. Hamilton
But the animosity towards the Jews must not appear too sudden and unwarranted.Rabbi and Priest
Word Origin for warrant
late 13c., "to keep safe from danger," from Old North French warantir (Old French garantir), from warant (see warrant (n.)).
Meaning "to guarantee to be of quality" is attested from late 14c.; sense of "to guarantee as true" is recorded from c.1300. Related: Warranted; warranting.
early 13c., "protector, defender," from Old North French warant (Old French garant), from Frankish *warand (cf. Old High German weren "to authorize, warrant," German gewähren "to grant"), from Proto-Germanic *war- "to warn, guard, protect," perhaps from PIE root *wer- "to cover" (cf. Latin vereri "to observe with awe, revere, respect, fear;" Greek ouros "watchman," horan "to see;" Hittite werite- "to see;" see weir).
Sense evolved via notion of "permission from a superior which protects one from blame or responsibility" (c.1300) to "document conveying authority" (1510s). A warrant officer in the military is one who holds office by warrant, rather than by commission.
see sign one's own death warrant.