Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The contrary of necessity; something unnecessary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete The state of being unnecessary; something unnecessary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun needlessness

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Examples

  • UPDATE: Jen Clark, my first ever commenter, notes that the FEMA presser itself was an exercise in unnecessity, since FEMA didn't actually do much during the SoCal wildfires.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • UPDATE: Jen Clark, my first ever commenter, notes that the FEMA presser itself was an exercise in unnecessity, since FEMA didn't actually do much during the SoCal wildfires.

    Journalism Made Easy

  • Dante+ in any living face; an aruspex might have read a lecture upon him without exenteration, his flesh being so consumed, that he might, in a manner, have discerned his bowels without opening of him; so that to be carried, sexta cervice+ to the grave, was but a civil unnecessity; and the complements of the coffin might outweigh the subject of it.

    Letter to a Friend

  • Behind all these unhappy women is the same horror: their loneliness, their unnecessity.

    November 2005

  • Behind all these unhappy women is the same horror: their loneliness, their unnecessity.

    It pained me

  • Behind all these unhappy women is the same horror: their loneliness, their unnecessity.

    Archive 2005-11-01

  • Not to say the unnecessity of it -- the children were growing up ... it clearly could be done now.

    This Freedom

  • "That beating with great sticks," the Duc de Puysange considered, "was the height of unnecessity."

    Gallantry Dizain des Fetes Galantes

  • The fearful unnecessity of their disablement awakens no pity, no heart softens at thought of them, no politician would feel his conscience pricked by the narration of their grievances.

    Prisons and Prisoners: Some Personal Experiences

  • Presently, after some more questions as to the revelations which had been conveyed through her to the King, she complained of the unnecessity of all this, and said:

    Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc — Volume 2

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