un·​de·​served ˌən-di-ˈzərvd How to pronounce undeserved (audio)
: not earned or deserved : not justified or merited
undeserved criticism/praise
an undeserved reputation
undeservedly adverb
a plan that has been undeservedly criticized
undeservedness noun

Examples of undeserved in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her wide movie star smile barely conceals the sincere, try-hard energy that both set her on an early path to success and led to years of undeserved internet scorn and abuse. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 2 May 2024 Bragg’s absurd case against Trump finally gets its undeserved day in court. Fox News, 12 Apr. 2024 To her, the Dominion lawsuit revealed a fundamentally dishonest media that had been emboldened by undeserved constitutional protections. David Enrich, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2024 Once in office, Reagan aggressively advanced the idea that racial-justice efforts had run amok, that Black Americans were getting undeserved racial advantages across society and that white Americans constituted the primary victims of discrimination. Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2024 After golf, Lori flexes the undeserved handicap sticker on her Porsche and advises Larry to work on his short game. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 11 Mar. 2024 But if basals continue to get undeserved greens for knowledge-building and usability, the progress that has been made could be lost. Natalie Wexler, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Sam Ricketts never responded to the offer, instead choosing to seek out an undeserved and lucrative payout through this unfounded legal battle. Eleanor McCrary, The Courier-Journal, 14 Feb. 2024 None of these companies have offered a patch to the behavior of people who want to spend more than $100 and risk lifetime bans to earn undeserved points worth no tradable value. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 25 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of undeserved was in the 14th century

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“Undeserved.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undeserved. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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