un·​due | \ ˌən-ˈdü How to pronounce undue (audio) , -ˈdyü\

Definition of undue

1 : not due : not yet payable
2 : exceeding or violating propriety or fitness : excessive undue force

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Examples of undue in a Sentence

These requirements shouldn't cause you any undue hardship. His writing is elegant without calling undue attention to itself.

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For the inimitable Mimi, however, an icon known for being carried into her concerts and refusing anything but good light, undue physical exertion was clearly not an option. Cady Lang, Time, "Mariah Carey Proves She's the Ultimate Diva With Her #BottleCapChallenge," 8 July 2019 Whelan ruled the evidence could be introduced at trial, but said prosecutors should work on their wording to avoid undue prejudice against Hunter. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge rules against Rep. Duncan Hunter on motion to remove prosecutors in criminal case over alleged bias," 8 July 2019 State wiretapping laws, which largely follow federal rules, are meant to prevent undue invasions of privacy and keep law enforcement from using such surveillance to fish for crimes that aren’t deemed the most serious. Anita Chabria, latimes.com, "Secret wiretapping could get boost in California, sparking privacy concerns," 26 June 2019 The irony, of course, is that Thomas’s genetic fallacy rehearses eugenicists’ hereditary logic, placing undue emphasis on origins. Audrey Farley, Longreads, "We Still Don’t Know How to Navigate the Cultural Legacy of Eugenics," 20 June 2019 Likewise, Amazon’s bird’s-eye view into what people are buying on its marketplace may confer an undue advantage on its competing private-label goods. Bloomberg View, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Don’t declare war on big tech," 7 June 2019 Homes that have managed vegetation; that have no exposed, flammable material, and that can be defended without undue threat to the firefighters will be defended to the extent possible. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Don’t let your landscaping become a fire risk," 7 June 2019 The Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 prohibited meatpackers from engaging in unfair and deceptive practices, manipulating prices, creating monopolies or giving undue preference to particular people, businesses or places. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Chicken Farmers Thought Trump Was Going to Help Them. Then His Administration Did the Opposite.," 5 June 2019 But the mayor said no, explaining that the parade would put undue demands on the city’s public safety resources during the height of the hurricane season. Doug Maccash, nola.com, "Nyx captain strongly disagrees but bows to Cantrell’s cancellation of summer parade," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of undue

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of undue

formal : more than is reasonable or necessary


un·​due | \ ˌən-ˈdü, -ˈdyü How to pronounce undue (audio) \

Legal Definition of undue

1 : not due : not yet payable an undue bill
2 : exceeding or violating propriety or fitness would impose undue hardship on the debtors such a requirement would place an undue burden on employers

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