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.

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What do the standards — undue hardship, national interest, no harm to security — actually mean? Dara Lind, Vox, "Families split by the travel ban allege the government’s waiver process is a sham.," 29 July 2018 To get the rest, state lawmakers and revenue officials here and across the country will need to create taxation systems that don’t pose undue hardships for online sellers. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Wayfair ruling allows online sales taxes, but there’s no rush," 21 June 2018 Veterans like Sloan say relocating would cause undue hardship during an already painful time. Julie Watson, miamiherald, "A terminally ill vet can kill himself, the VA says, but only if he finds a new home | Miami Herald," 7 Mar. 2018 Veterans like Sloan say relocating would cause undue hardship during an already painful time. Time, "'It Just Doesn't Make Sense.' Why Dying Veterans Are Prohibited From Legal Assisted Suicide," 7 Mar. 2018 This will help stabilize you and protect your lower back from undue stress. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Entire Lower Body With This One Bodyweight Exercise," 21 Apr. 2019 The Bank of Japan offered a bleaker picture of the economy on Friday and left its ultra-easy monetary policy on hold, but Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda cautioned against undue pessimism. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "Bank of Japan Takes Gloomier View of Economy," 15 Mar. 2019 Healthy eating goes far beyond kale and an undue emphasis on weight loss. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "3 Ways I Make Nutrition Advice More Culturally Relevant to Muslim Women Like Myself," 3 Apr. 2019 This will help protect your knee and hip from undue stress. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Total-Body HIIT Workout You Can Do in Under 15 Minutes From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 14 Mar. 2019

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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

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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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