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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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 For some at the Fed, that suggests the jobless rate could fall further without creating undue inflationary pressures. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Fed’s Mester: Gradual Rate Rises Needed to Keep Recovery on Track," 19 Apr. 2018 In a world where high schools ban students for wearing natural hair, people are fired for defending their Afros, and celebrities are compared to dogs for wearing Afros, black women feel undue pressure to straighten their hair just to get by. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Dear White Women, We Need To Talk About Coachella | Pop Feminist," 13 Apr. 2018 The sound Nagano got from the strings was achieved without the slightest hint of undue pressure. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "CSO under Kent Nagano delivers a snazzy slice of vintage Bernstein," 30 Mar. 2018 Not only because of debates about due process and undue outrage, but also for more specific points of disagreement. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Self-Defeating Ways Americans Talk About Feminism," 29 June 2018

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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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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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