Definition of unwarranted in English:



  • Not justified or authorized.

    ‘I am sure your fears are unwarranted’
    • ‘Any such individual action would be irresponsible and unwarranted and would serve no useful purpose.’
    • ‘Some boards of management have been found by the office of the Auditor General to have made unwarranted payments to principals.’
    • ‘Closing lottery outlets is unfair to the players, unfair to the shopkeepers and financially unwarranted.’
    • ‘Once their case is in federal court, they can argue that the subpoenas were unwarranted.’
    • ‘Apparently my skepticism about the plausibility of hot tub theft was unwarranted.’
    • ‘For a fortnight after the attacks, it left her too scared to leave her home for fear of unwarranted retribution.’
    • ‘The various authorities involved were most thorough, and I consider this attack on them to be quite unwarranted.’
    • ‘Both sending off's were unwarranted and from the first early bath the Galway man branded his cards all too easy.’
    • ‘Fortunately the herd escaped unscathed after this unwarranted intrusion.’
    • ‘It was stated that referees were coming under increasing, unwarranted pressure in recent years.’
    • ‘It's an unwarranted intrusion into the private lives of people.’
    • ‘I reiterate to the House that this bill is unnecessary, unwarranted, and dangerous.’
    • ‘Again this is an unwarranted interference in the right of people to be fat, or thin, as they choose.’
    • ‘The unwarranted use of walkouts and boycotts has blunted their efficacy.’
    • ‘The Consumers Association of Ireland claimed the increases were unwarranted.’
    • ‘Sophie has a particular contempt for parental angst, for signs of unwarranted doubt or despair among the allegedly mature.’
    • ‘I'm not saying that Catwoman is perfect, but all the negative hype surrounding it is unwarranted.’
    • ‘Not only are the claims made for rave exaggerated and in many cases unwarranted, but they rest on a misunderstanding of history.’
    • ‘The rule protects against the unwarranted harassment of the accused by multiple prosecutions.’
    • ‘Perhaps this serves as another example of an overestimated threat leading to unwarranted action.’
    unjustified, unjustifiable, indefensible, inexcusable, unforgivable, unpardonable, uncalled for, gratuitous, unnecessary, undue, unreasonable, unjust, groundless, inappropriate, unsuitable, unseemly, unbecoming, improper, ill-advised, excessive, immoderate, disproportionate, inordinate
    unauthorized, unsanctioned, unapproved, uncertified, unaccredited, unlicensed
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