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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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

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First, let’s deal with the Wall Street repercussions of this bad decision, starting with the inevitable, unsurprising but also undeserved jump in the stock price of Palatin Technologies (PTN). STAT, "The FDA erred in approving new women’s libido drug; don’t reward Palatin Technologies," 24 June 2019 But some anti-government activists see his longshot candidacy, which so far doesn’t have the backing of any party, as dividing the opposition and lending undeserved legitimacy to Maduro’s re-election attempt. Washington Post, "Venezuelan pastor fills presidential void left by opposition," 22 Feb. 2018 Bridge may have acquired an undeserved label as a game for older people, but there are many excellent college and junior players. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: June 13, 2019," 13 June 2019 Yussuf Poulsen's smart finish gave Denmark an undeserved opening victory at the World Cup as Christian Cueva's penalty miss came back to haunt him in Peru's first World Cup match for 36 years. SI.com, "Peru 0-1 Denmark: Poulsen Rubs Salt in Incas' Wounds After Penalty Miss Proves Costly in Saransk," 16 June 2018 Sara Netanyahu, 59, has inspired a multitude of headlines in the past over what family spokesmen call an undeserved reputation for imperiousness. Anchorage Daily News, "Israeli prime minister’s wife charged with fraud," 21 June 2018 As the players celebrated in Uzbekistan, there was criticism at home that the party was undeserved given the unconvincing performances. John Duerden, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup Coutdown: Son to lead South Korea redemption after 2014 shortcomings," 5 June 2018 Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green thinks his technical in Game 4 was undeserved but views Pelicans fans vigorously booing him as a good thing. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Warriors 'Hamptons Five' lineup provides evidence: This group is deadly," 6 May 2018 Over the course of six seasons of Downton Abbey, audiences came to root for Anna Bates, the kind-hearted lady's maid in a near-constant state of undeserved suffering. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Downton Abbey Star Joanne Froggatt Returns to PBS in a Gruesome New Role," 29 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of undeserved

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of undeserved

: not earned or deserved : unfair or unjustified

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