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unnecessary

adjective uk   us   /ʌnˈnes.ə.ser.i/
B1 not needed or wanted, or more than is needed or wanted: I found a lot of the violence in the film totally unnecessary. The idea is to kill the animal as quickly as possible without causing unnecessary suffering. An offensive remark or action that is unnecessary could have been avoided: He just humiliated her in front of everyone - it was so unnecessary.
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adverb uk   us   /-ɪ.li/
C1 Of course we don't want to alarm people unnecessarily, but they should be alerted to potential dangers.
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