Want to describe unnecessary <noun> (ex: unnecessary stress), need something more appropriate which is synonymous with unnecessary but also has the following connotations.

  1. unwanted
  2. useless
  3. unwarranted
  4. Something which should not be there in the first place.

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Consider gratuitous =

(of something such as bad behaviour) not necessary, or with no cause

Cambridge dictionary


Another word that might work is superfluous:

More than is wanted or is sufficient; rendered unnecessary by superabundance; unnecessary; useless; excessive; as, a superfluous price.

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