un·​du·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈdü-lē How to pronounce unduly (audio) , -ˈdyü-\

Definition of unduly

: in an undue manner : excessively an unduly harsh punishment unduly sensitive

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taxes that unduly burden homeowners The punishment was unduly harsh.

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On the other hand, aid can be used to coerce journalists to change their norms and practices unduly. Herman Wasserman, Quartz Africa, "Donor-funded African journalism is getting caught between the US and China world view," 9 July 2019 The takeaway from all of this is not to argue which political party is unduly influenced by money and power, whether domestic or foreign. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Voters easily manipulated by emotion-based ads," 7 July 2019 Some of my co-workers suspect I am unduly influenced by the fact that Lambert is cute, blond and curvy. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "The greatest country music artist ever ... is not a dude," 14 June 2019 Constituents in Trump-friendly districts see such votes as unduly hostile to the president. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Why Pelosi Continues to Deflect the Censure Gambit," 22 June 2019 Kinberg politely declined to read the script to avoid becoming unduly influenced by it. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Longtime 'X-Men' Editor Shares His Abandoned 'Beast' Script," 14 June 2019 Gray, who shared Barr’s belief that the post-Watergate reforms had unduly eroded the powers of the presidency, became his patron. Katie Benner, BostonGlobe.com, "People are trying to figure out William Barr. He’s busy wielding power," 9 June 2019 In fact, my dream of the Greek islands includes (some people who are unduly cynical about my Hellenic literary infatuation—i.e. Adam Gopnik, Town & Country, "My First Visit to the Greek Islands Turned Out to Be a Journey Home," 20 May 2019 South Korea, compromised by its fear of North Korea, is unduly susceptible to Chinese pressure. Robert D. Kaplan, WSJ, "Japan Grows Nervous About the U.S.," 28 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of unduly

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unduly

formal : to an extreme, unreasonable, or unnecessary degree


un·​du·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈdü-lē, -ˈdyü- How to pronounce unduly (audio) \

Legal Definition of unduly

: in an undue manner : to an excessive degree unduly influenced the testator

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