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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Pruitt has also taken undue credit for collecting money from polluting companies that have broken environmental laws. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Scott Pruitt Keeps Taking Credit for Obama’s Work," 1 May 2018 Thus, the burden HB2 places on women seeking abortions is undue. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "The 5 Most Epic Lines from the Supreme Court Abortion Ruling," 27 June 2016 Today’s report contains achievable recommendations that fulfill the President’s goal of placing the USPS on a path to sustainability, while protecting taxpayers from undue financial burdens and providing them with necessary mail services. Ben Brody, The Seattle Times, "Trump panel seeks higher postal rates for commercial shippers after Amazon criticism," 4 Dec. 2018 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

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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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