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unwarrantably (comparative more unwarrantably, superlative most unwarrantably)

  1. In an unwarrantable manner; in a manner that cannot be justified.
    • 1662, Richard Baxter, A Saint or a Brute, London: Francis Tyton & Nevil Simmons, Chapter 4, p. ,[1]
      Holiness maketh men meek and patient, and teacheth subjects not to make too great a matter of any injury that is done them; nor to censure unwarrantably the actions of their superiours []
    • 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, “Chapter 104”, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299:
      Applied to any other creature than the Leviathan—to an ant or a flea—such portly terms might justly be deemed unwarrantably grandiloquent.
    • 1937, H. G. Wells, Star Begotten, Middletown CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2006, Chapter 8, 5, p. 118,[2]
      There is this secondary world which has worked its way into language everywhere, a sort of fold in the membrane that has established itself in a thousand metaphors, got itself most unwarrantably taken for granted by nearly everybody.

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