Definition of unwarranted in English:



  • Not justified or authorized.

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