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.
Recent Examples on the Web But that concern to avoid even the appearance of undue influence is veering into fetish territory. BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2021 Critics say China’s projects often create massive debt and expose nations to undue influence by Beijing. Anchorage Daily News, 13 June 2021 Critics say China's projects often create massive debt and expose nations to undue influence by Beijing. Jonathan Lemire, Star Tribune, 12 June 2021 Meanwhile, public opinion -- strongly supporting higher taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations -- counts for little because the rich have undue influence over the political class. Jeffrey Sachs, CNN, 10 June 2021 In a world where media have become the stage on which public life is played out, safeguarding these values means ensuring that journalists like those in Gaza are free from intimidation, fear, and undue influence. Ashley Rindsberg, National Review, 25 May 2021 Liberals say this is undue influence by corporate America. WSJ, 14 May 2021 Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, complained at the hearing that the C.D.C. had allowed the American Federation of Teachers to exert undue influence over its school reopening guidance, compromising its scientific integrity. New York Times, 11 May 2021 The company's oversight board failed to mention one thing in its ruling this week: Facebook's responsibility for making the tools to wield undue influence and power. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of undue

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of undue was in the 14th century

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26 Jun 2021

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“Undue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undue. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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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