Definition of 'unnecessary'
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Why should we make them do unnecessary work? Times, Sunday Times (2016)They can be quite menacing and are totally unnecessary. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This means many unnecessary deaths for British patients from treatable conditions. Times, Sunday Times (2016)You'll please friends and avoid unnecessary calories at the same time. The Sun (2017)This could lead to 5,000 men a year avoiding unnecessary cancer treatment, he said. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Our challenge is to find the significant harmful cancers while avoiding unnecessary harm to men by diagnosing or treating low-risk cancers that are not going to progress. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Would we feel relaxed about unnecessary deaths in custody because most policemen do a good job? Times, Sunday Times (2011)Women are foolish to expose themselves to unnecessary risk. The Sun (2008)This odd ritual happens at regular intervals throughout the weekend and feels unnecessary and forced. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Would it make unnecessary the proper scrutiny by the press of public facts and filings? Times, Sunday Times (2008)They are completely unnecessary and talk far too much. The Sun (2013)Do not be cajoled into buying something totally unnecessary. The Sun (2015)What my family has been through in the last year is totally unnecessary. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Opt for cheap veg such as carrots and potatoes and plan meals carefully to avoid unnecessary expense. The Sun (2014)The regulation has also been blamed by an official inquiry for contributing to unnecessary hospital deaths. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Why are you running such unnecessary risks with a great relationship? The Sun (2008)The buses are cheap and efficient and make car hire unnecessary. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It could have spared my wife much unnecessary suffering and indignity. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The pity is that it was all completely unnecessary. Secrets of the Soil (1990)What about a totally unnecessary gadget for getting into a swimming pool? Times, Sunday Times (2016)Health and education services would benefit from a commitment to avoid unnecessary complexity. Times, Sunday Times (2007)How many more unnecessary deaths must we read of? The Sun (2008)This is not merely about making sure that investors are protected from unnecessary risk. Times, Sunday Times (2015)And this requires controls that make opinions unnecessary. MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974)He pleaded guilty with diminished responsibility to causing an animal unnecessary suffering. The Sun (2014)The common theme to these controversies is that they were completely unnecessary. Times, Sunday Times (2011)But it feels like an unnecessary political point for a series that already has so much going for it. The Sun (2010)This is avoidable and unnecessary suffering. Times, Sunday Times (2013)A lengthy closing monologue feels particularly unnecessary. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Over dinner she would ask if we knew the tremendous amount of money being spent on battleships, foreign holidays or something else unnecessary. Times, Sunday Times (2008)
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Translations for 'unnecessary'
British English: unnecessary /ʌnˈnɛsɪsərɪ; -ɪsrɪ/ ADJECTIVE
If you describe something as unnecessary, you mean that it is not needed or does not have to be done.
She was making an unnecessary fuss.
- American English: unnecessary
- Arabic: غَيْرُ ضَرُورِيّ
- Brazilian Portuguese: desnecessário
- Chinese: 不必要的
- Croatian: nepotreban
- Czech: zbytečný
- Danish: unødvendig
- Dutch: onnodig
- European Spanish: innecesario
- Finnish: tarpeeton
- French: inutile
- German: unnötig
- Greek: περιττός
- Italian: inutile
- Japanese: 不必要な
- Korean: 불필요한
- Norwegian: unødvendig
- Polish: niepotrzebny
- European Portuguese: desnecessário
- Romanian: inutil
- Russian: излишний
- Spanish: innecesario
- Swedish: onödig
- Thai: ไม่จำเป็น
- Turkish: gereksiz
- Ukrainian: непотрібний
- Vietnamese: không cần thiết
Definition of unnecessary from the Collins English Dictionary
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