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

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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

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Even that gives unhealthy, and certainly undeserved, attention. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Gilroy shooter’s photo on front page was appalling," 8 Aug. 2019 Forgiveness after such an undeserved betrayal is a very heavy lift. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Professor wants to be rid of racist books," 8 Aug. 2019 Forgiveness after such an undeserved betrayal is a very heavy lift. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Professor wants to be rid of racist books," 8 Aug. 2019 Forgiveness after such an undeserved betrayal is a very heavy lift. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Retired professor unsure of how to dispose of racist books that were used for research," 8 Aug. 2019 Forgiveness after such an undeserved betrayal is a very heavy lift. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, "Professor wants to be rid of racist books," 8 Aug. 2019 Contrast this class with Angelique Kerber and Dominica Cibulkova trying to take advantage of umpire mistakes to gain totally undeserved points at majors. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Is Nadal's 12 French Opens the Most Unbreakable Record in Tennis History?," 12 June 2019 Last year's Trooping, which took place just weeks after the royal wedding, marked Meghan's debut on said balcony, but her ensemble that day drew an undeserved criticism. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Chose a Gorgeous Navy Dress For Today's Trooping the Colour Parade," 8 June 2019 The idea was to cut down on undeserved payments that cost CMS nearly $30 billion over the past three years. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "Medicare knows about $30 billion in overbilling but refunds prove elusive," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of undeserved

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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undeserved

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of undeserved

: not earned or deserved : unfair or unjustified

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