undeserving

adjective un·de·serv·ing \ ˌən-di-ˈzər-viŋ \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of undeserving

: not deserving: such as
a : lacking merit : not worthy of praise, assistance, attention, etc.
  • selfish, undeserving people
  • The natural history of women's friendships is by no means a thin or undeserving subject.
  • —Barbara Kingsolver
b : not deserving something specified
  • … circumstances of brutal outrage, of which poor Jean was in many respects wholly undeserving.
  • —Sir Walter Scott
  • I do not mean to say that medicine is blameless … or undeserving of criticism.
  • —Margaret Talbot

undeservingly

adverb

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