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

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Other Words from undeserved

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

Examples of undeserved in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Redfield emphasized the need for figuring out strategies to help vulnerable and undeserved populations, such as setting up mobile units for vaccine shots. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Panel of experts outside the government could determine who gets the COVID-19 vaccine first, NIH director says," 3 July 2020 His efforts will include a partnership with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to provide free Wi-Fi and tablets for undeserved students in the city. BostonGlobe.com, "Nearly a third of workers expect to remain out of the office for good, survey says," 2 July 2020 His efforts also include a partnership with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to provide free WiFi and tablets for undeserved students in the city and a $25,000 donation to Atlanta's #ATLStrong COVID-19 relief fund. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "21 Savage launches financial literacy program for kids, donates to Atlanta's COVID-19 relief fund," 1 July 2020 To ensure that the undeserved, unnecessary deaths of George Floyd and other black lives are not in vain, organizations must commit to long-term planning and action. Richard J. Reddick, Fortune, "We can’t breathe at work, either: John Henryism and the health impact of racism," 19 June 2020 The new Model 70 came in for particular hatred, some of which was undeserved. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The Winchester Model 70, American Icon," 17 June 2020 First base, contrary to the undeserved knock, is an important position, a position arguably more important than third base — the first baseman handles the ball more than any player except the pitcher or catcher. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "The problem with Detroit Tigers overthinking Spencer Torkelson's move to 3B," 12 June 2020 Alas, there has been no public outrage over the equally undeserved death of another African-American male, Dave Patrick Underwood. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Dave Patrick Underwood, RIP," 1 June 2020 Similarly, affirmative-action programs in the U.S. are regularly given undeserved credit for expanding the size of the black middle class. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Racial Preferences Aren’t Only an American Problem," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of undeserved

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Undeserved.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undeserved. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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: not earned or deserved : unfair or unjustified

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