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English definition of “unnecessary”

unnecessary

adjective     /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.Too much and unnecessary describes an offensive remark or action that could have been avoided: He just humiliated her in front of everyone - it was so unnecessary.Too much and unnecessary unnecessarily     /-ɪ.li/ adverb C1 Of course we don't want to alarm people unnecessarily, but they should be alerted to potential dangers.Too much and unnecessary
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