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unnecessaryadjective

 us   /ʌnˈnes·əˌseər·i/
not needed or wanted, or more than is needed or wanted: unnecessary expenses The key to successful investing is to avoid taking unnecessary risks.
unnecessarily
adverb  us   /ʌnˌnes·əˈser·ə·li/
I thought his explanation was unnecessarily complex.
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unnecessaryadjective

uk   /ʌnˈnes.ə.ser.i/  us   /ʌnˈnes.ə.ser.i/
B1 not needed or wanted, or more than is needed or wanted: I thought a lot of the violence in the movie was 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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unnecessarily
adverb uk   /ʌnˈnes.ə.sər.əl.i/ /ʌnˌnes.əˈser.əl.i/  us   /ʌnˌnes.əˈser.əl.i. ʌnˈnes.ə.ser.əl.i/
C1 We don't want to alarm people unnecessarily, but they should be aware of potential dangers.
(Definition of unnecessary from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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