undeserved

adjective
un·​de·​served | \ ˌən-di-ˈzərvd How to pronounce undeserved (audio) \

Definition of undeserved

: not earned or deserved : not justified or merited undeserved criticism/praise an undeserved reputation

Other Words from undeserved

undeservedly \ ˌən-​di-​ˈzər-​vəd-​lē How to pronounce undeserved (audio) , -​ˈzərvd-​lē \ adverb
a plan that has been undeservedly criticized
undeservedness \ ˌən-​di-​ˈzər-​vəd-​nəs How to pronounce undeserved (audio) , -​ˈzərvd-​nəs \ noun

Examples of undeserved in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On September 12, Civil rights attorney and former state lawmaker Bakari Sellers will inform the judge that her punishment is undeserved. Essence, 6 Sep. 2022 But Pichetrungsi is wrong in his contention that his Restaurant of the Year award is undeserved. Laurie Ochoa, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2022 That acceptance has afforded the regime unprecedented and undeserved moral equivalency with the West. Reza Pahlavi, WSJ, 18 Aug. 2022 Weisselberg alone was accused of defrauding the federal government, state and city out of more than $900,000 in unpaid taxes and undeserved tax refunds. Michael R. Sisak, Chicago Tribune, 18 Aug. 2022 Weisselberg alone was accused of defrauding the federal government, state and city out of more than $900,000 in unpaid taxes and undeserved tax refunds. Michael R. Sisak, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Aug. 2022 Weisselberg alone was accused of defrauding the federal government, state and city out of more than $900,000 in unpaid taxes and undeserved tax refunds. Michael R. Sisak, Chicago Tribune, 18 Aug. 2022 Weisselberg alone was accused of defrauding the federal government, state and city out of more than $900,000 in unpaid taxes and undeserved tax refunds. Michael R. Sisak, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Aug. 2022 Weisselberg alone was accused of defrauding the federal government, state and city out of more than $900,000 in unpaid taxes and undeserved tax refunds. Michael R. Sisak, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of undeserved

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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22 Sep 2022

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“Undeserved.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undeserved. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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