un·​due | \ˌən-ˈdü, -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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In this position, your ribs naturally want to flare out and your back naturally wants to arch, Mansour explains, which would be incorrect form and would potentially place undue stress on your lower back. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Naomi Campbell Trains While She Travels With This One Versatile Core Move," 23 Nov. 2018 This prevents fluke findings from slipping through the cracks and any one study receiving undue weight. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Meditation Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Health," 11 Sep. 2018 Still, police agencies will need to recognize that the tool offers probabilities, not definitive answers, and not place undue weight on the results, Kaye added. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "IUPUI prof develops 'biological witness' test to predict skin, hair & eye color from DNA," 29 May 2018 Yes, Buzzfeed has had the kinds of issues that afflict even the most elite journalistic outlets: a firing over plagiarism, an undue-advertiser-influence incident, a you-didn’t-explicitly-warn-us-that-this-conversation-was-on-the-record complaint. Robert Wright, WIRED, "Sam Harris and the Myth of Perfectly Rational Thought," 17 May 2018 Backers of the recall contend Persky has shown undue leniency to privileged white defendants in other cases. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Persky warns against the dangers of recalling judges as he fights to keep his job," 8 May 2018 The Texas law ‘‘provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions, and constitutes an ‘undue burden’ on their constitutional right to do so,’’ Justice Stephen G. Breyer wrote for the majority. Robert Barnes, BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court won’t take up challenge to restrictive Arkansas abortion law," 30 May 2018 The odd-looking wing pads that replace the traditional padded headband on these headphones work very well, and the overall clamping force is perfect for keeping them securely on my head without creating any sense of undue pressure. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Audio-Technica R70x review: the definition of neutral headphones," 6 July 2018 So much for not putting undue pressure on a young, inexperienced England side in this summer's FIFA World Cup in Russia. SI.com, "An Urgent Message to England Fans at the World Cup - Please Calm Down & Get Real!," 27 June 2018

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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

: more than is reasonable or necessary


un·​due | \ˌən-ˈdü, -ˈdyü \

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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