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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Examples of unduly in a Sentence

taxes that unduly burden homeowners The punishment was unduly harsh.
Recent Examples on the Web Such requirements violate the Supreme Court’s anticommandeering and anticoercion doctrines, which prohibit Congress from mandating that states do its bidding or unduly burdening those that refuse. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Jason Snead, WSJ, 3 June 2021 Critics said the policy unduly targeted LGBTQ families, some of whom brought lawsuits that the Trump administration fought. Nicole Gaouette, CNN, 18 May 2021 Since it was announced in September 2019, the $1.8 billion Central Vista Redevelopment Project has been branded unduly expensive, environmentally irresponsible and a threat to cultural heritage. Oscar Holland, CNN, 8 May 2021 But the degree of airmass instability was on the low end, not vigorous enough to get meteorologists unduly concerned for severe thunderstorm activity. Washington Post, 4 May 2021 This is one of the provisions critics have cited when describing the Georgia law as unduly restrictive. Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner, 31 Mar. 2021 Many of the justices in Wednesday's arguments appeared sympathetic to Levy, yet, at the same time, were wary of issuing a ruling that would unduly curtail the ability of public schools to regulate student speech in potential bullying situations. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, 28 Apr. 2021 The dark irony is that these fringe figures weaponize the societal trust afforded to science, unduly amplifying their capacity to unleash serious harm. David Robert Grimes, Scientific American, 26 Apr. 2021 The state ranked as having one of the smallest numbers of permit holders as a percentage of adult population given what critics say are unduly strict requirements. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 26 Apr. 2021

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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 Jun. 2021.

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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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