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

Examples of unduly in a Sentence

taxes that unduly burden homeowners The punishment was unduly harsh.
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First Known Use of unduly

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unduly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unduly. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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