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 Police tout their canine partners as effective tools in taking suspects into custody while keeping officers safe, although critics say police dogs can cause undue harm to suspects and innocent bystanders. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Missouri man charged with punching Houston police dog," 7 July 2020 But coordinated, cool-headed, honest messaging from government officials and public-health experts would have gone a long way toward allaying undue anxiety. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, "This Is Not a Normal Mental-Health Disaster," 7 July 2020 Critics said the video downplayed three other drum majors for the band, all of whom are Black, and gave undue praise to the single white member of the ensemble. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Look for this marching band from AL high school on ‘America’s Got Talent’," 13 July 2020 Advocacy groups have been concerned about undue influence from food industry groups in shaping the questions that were asked and how they were answered. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "New U.S. dietary guideline recommendations take aim at sugar for children and adults," 11 July 2020 Planned Parenthood of Indiana, represented by ACLU of Indiana, sued, saying the law placed undue burden on the patient. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "Federal judge rules Indiana abortion law 'unconstitutionally vague'," 9 July 2020 Human rights advocates have accused Myanmar’s army of using undue force and targeting civilians in their operations fighting the guerrillas. Washington Post, "Thousands flee in expectation of Myanmar military operation," 30 June 2020 The Supreme Court held that the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling meant that the restriction placed an undue burden on women’s access to abortions. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion restrictions, with Roberts joining liberals," 29 June 2020 In both cases, Breyer wrote, the laws put an undue burden on the constitutional right to the procedure. Adam Liptak, BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme court strikes down Louisiana abortion law," 29 June 2020

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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 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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