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Etymology [ edit ]
+ unwarrantable -ly
unwarrantably ( comparative , more unwarrantably superlative ) most unwarrantably
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. ,
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, Herman Melville, , Chapter 104, Moby-Dick
Applied to any other creature than the Leviathan—to an ant or a flea—such portly terms might justly be deemed
1937, H. G. Wells, , Middletown CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2006, Chapter 8, 5, p. 118, Star Begotten
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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References [ edit ]
Noah Webster, , volume An American Dictionary of the English Language II (J–Z), 1st edition, New York, N.Y.: Published by S. Converse; printed by Hezekiah Howe, New Haven, 1828, . OCLC 999480247
unwarrantably in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911