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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Can it be described, communicated, and implemented without undue confusion? Mark S. Bauer, STAT, 12 Aug. 2022 Unfortunately, some company leaders left this responsibility up to the employees themselves, causing an undue amount of stress and difficulty. Martin Birch, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Hunter and Superintendent Abram Lucabaugh have said previously that review process built into the policy will mean materials are reviewed by district staff and will avoid any undue book removals. Chris Ullery, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 The litigation boils down to creatives accusing the studio of taking undue steps to dampen the value of their participations. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 21 July 2022 As in all 911s, the Sport Classic's cornering line can be easily and instinctively tightened (or widened) through weight transfer using small gas-pedal adjustments, and it can be hustled at huge speeds down a twisting road without undue drama. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 19 July 2022 Many patrons put undue pressures on low-income, immigrant salon workers, and undervalue their labor. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 17 July 2022 But the National Weather Service also strives to avoid undue alarm and maintain public trust. Matthew Brown And Amy Beth Hanson, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2022 Pereira, a dogged advocate for the rights of native peoples, was also a nuisance to those who would rip undue profit from the rain forest and its inhabitants. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, 7 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of undue

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Undue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undue. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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Nglish: Translation of undue for Spanish Speakers


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