unnecessary

  • 1 Unnecessary — Un*nec es*sa*ry, a. Not necessary; not required under the circumstances; unless; needless; as, unnecessary labor, care, or rigor. {Un*nec es*sa*ri*ly}, adv. {Un*nec es*sa*ri*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 unnecessary — I adjective auxiliary, avoidable, dispensable, excess, excessive, expendable, expletive, extra, extraneous, extrinsic, gratuitous, inessential, irrelevant, needless, non necessarius, noncompulsory, optional, overmuch, redundant, spare,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 unnecessary — 1540s, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + NECESSARY (Cf. necessary). Related: Unnecessarily …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 unnecessary — [adj] not required accidental, additional, avoidable, beside the point*, casual, causeless, chance, dispensable, excess, exorbitant, expendable, extraneous, extrinsic, fortuitous, futile, gratuitous, haphazard, inessential, irrelevant, lavish,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 unnecessary — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not necessary; more than is necessary. DERIVATIVES unnecessarily adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 unnecessary — [unnes′ə ser΄ē] adj. not necessary or required; needless unnecessarily adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 unnecessary — adj. 1) unnecessary for 2) unnecessary to + inf. (it s unnecessary for us to wait) 3) unnecessary that + clause (it s unnecessary that you should get involved) * * * [ʌn nesəs(ə)rɪ] unnecessary for unnecessary to + inf. (it s unnecessary for us… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 8 unnecessary — un|ne|ces|sa|ry [ʌnˈnesəsəri US seri] adj not needed or more than is needed unnecessary expense/cost/extravagance etc ▪ an unnecessary expense ▪ There s no point in taking unnecessary risks. ▪ We can t afford any unnecessary delays. ▪ Williams… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 unnecessary — un|nec|es|sar|y [ ʌn nesə,seri ] adjective ** 1. ) used for describing something that should not have happened because it could have been avoided: The policy had caused thousands of families unnecessary suffering. The delay was totally… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10 unnecessary */*/ — UK [ʌnˈnesəs(ə)rɪ] / US [ʌnˈnesəˌserɪ] adjective 1) a) used for describing something that should not have happened because it could have been avoided The policy had caused thousands of families unnecessary suffering. The delay was totally… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 unnecessary — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, prove, seem ▪ become ▪ make sth, render sth ▪ consider sth …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 unnecessary — [[t]ʌnne̱səsri, AM seri[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe something as unnecessary, you mean that it is not needed or does not have to be done, and is undesirable. The slaughter of whales is unnecessary and inhuman... He accused Diana of making an… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 unnecessary*/ — [ʌnˈnesəs(ə)ri] adj 1) used for describing something that should not have happened because it could have been avoided The policy had caused thousands of families unnecessary suffering.[/ex] The delay was totally unnecessary.[/ex] 2) not needed… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 14 unnecessary — adjective 1 not needed or more than is needed: I m trying to cut down on all my unnecessary spending. 2 a remark or action that is unnecessary, is unkind or unreasonable unnecessarily adverb: I don t want to worry you unnecessarily …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 unnecessary — adj. & n. adj. 1 not necessary. 2 more than is necessary (with unnecessary care). n. (pl. ies) (usu. in pl.) an unnecessary thing. Derivatives: unnecessarily adv. unnecessariness n …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 16 unnecessary — adjective /ʌnˈnɛs.əˌsəɹ.ɪ ,ʌnˈnɛs.əˌsɛɹ.ɪ,ʌnˈnɛs.əˌsɛɹ.i/ a) Not needed or necessary. The automatic child frightener made clowns unnecessary. b) Done in addition to requirements; unrequired. Syn: superfluous, unneeded, needless …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 unnecessary — adjective 1》 not needed. 2》 more than is necessary. noun (unnecessaries) unnecessary things. Derivatives unnecessarily adverb unnecessariness noun …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 unnecessary — adjective extra blankets are unnecessary Syn: unneeded, nonessential, inessential, not required, uncalled for, useless, unwarranted, unwanted, undesired, dispensable, unimportant, optional, extraneous, gratuitous, expendable, noncore, disposable …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 unnecessary — adjective Date: 15th century not necessary …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 unnecessary — unnecessarily /un nes euh sair euh lee, nes euh ser /, adv. unnecessariness, n. /un nes euh ser ee/, adj., n., pl. unnecessaries. adj. 1. not necessary or essential; needless; unessential. n. 2. unnecessaries, things that are not necessary or… …

    Universalium


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