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 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Kailey Clarno, a botanist for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, where Oregon’s redwoods grow, said the disrespect for our local redwoods is undeserved. oregonlive, 13 July 2021 Among its many other efforts underway, CSYA is now hosting virtual panels on issues facing opportunity youth, and is working with Family Scholar House to place LouieConnect kiosks in five undeserved locations across the city. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, 25 June 2021 The comments may seem overwhelming, though not undeserved. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, 20 May 2021 Life is hard enough without the threat of public pile-on, undeserved! Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 30 Apr. 2021 In severe cases, an unshakeable belief that accolades, awards and other forms of recognition are undeserved can lead to debilitating self-doubt. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 The undeserved losses became more and more commonplace as a playoff spot slipped away. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 8 May 2021 Because the ball was technically loose when the undeserved foul against Poeltl was called, however, the play resulted in a jump ball at midcourt. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Apr. 2021 So much of this Stars season has felt undeserved to the organization. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 24 Apr. 2021

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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 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of undeserved

: not earned or deserved : unfair or unjustified

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