unduly

adverb
un·​du·​ly | \ˌən-ˈdü-lē, -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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But the group asserted that the mail-in process was unduly burdensome, especially to low-income and disabled residents. Bill Turque, kansascity, "Taxes for KC Streetcar extension to UMKC approved by wide margin in mail-in ballots," 20 June 2018 That the quality of news is good and not unduly influenced. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Recode Decode," 2 Nov. 2018 Manafort's attorneys have said his confinement has been unnecessary and unduly harsh, and has hurt his ability to communicate with his defense team. Peter Doocy, Fox News, "Mueller's team slams Manafort's lavish lifestyle in trial's opening statements, as defense says wealth is no crime," 31 July 2018 Such preparatory work shouldn't unduly alarm the public, Johnson stressed; the odds that a big asteroid will strike Earth are very low on a day-to-day basis. Mike Wall, Space.com, "About 17,000 Big Near-Earth Asteroids Remain Undetected: How NASA Could Spot Them," 10 Apr. 2018 Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California California needs its local communities to reform local ordinances and building codes that unduly restrict the supply of affordable housing. Amy Chance, sacbee, ""Build a lot more of it": What California can do to solve its housing problem," 18 June 2018 That has raised concerns from ethics watchdogs who say lawmakers could be unduly influenced by those funding their travel. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Taxpayers reimbursed lawmakers $100,000 worth of travel expenses since 2015," 7 June 2018 These suppositions are unduly charitable toward Makan Delrahim, the department’s antitrust chief. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Why an Antitrust Farce Must Continue," 13 July 2018 In a unanimous decision the court found that the state violated the constitution, specifically the Fourteenth Amendment (which Oregon had not ratified), but also unduly interfered with parents’ rights. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of unduly

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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unduly

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of unduly

: to an extreme, unreasonable, or unnecessary degree

unduly

adverb
un·​du·​ly | \ˌən-ˈdü-lē, -ˈdyü- \

Legal Definition of unduly 

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

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