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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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 Under the court’s Trump-specific analysis, just about any official indignity that unduly burdens the lives of minorities or marginalized groups within our borders may well be tolerated. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "It’s Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Now," 26 June 2018 Collier said the jury's verdict - delivered last month - was proof the jury was not unduly swayed by the portions of the racist recordings played by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Trey Hamilton and David Lewen. Plain Dealer Guest Writer, cleveland.com, "Federal judge orders release of recordings in Pilot Flying J case," 8 Mar. 2018 Deptford challenged a state law passed in 2014 requiring all municipalities to outfit new police patrol cars primarily involved in traffic stops with dashboard cameras, saying the mandate without state funding would unduly stress its budget. Melanie Burney, Philly.com, "'Does shoplifting mean a death sentence?' NAACP to investigate fatal Deptford strip mall shooting," 12 June 2018 Quinones stressed that the county intends to give vendors a shot at the contract, and wants to avoid unduly favoring one company over the other. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Body camera bidding specs under Bexar spotlight," 8 June 2018

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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

: to an extreme, unreasonable, or unnecessary degree


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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