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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Ismail said Pakistan’s economy did not suffer unduly during that period, although the impoverished country of 207 million remains heavily dependent on foreign aid, loans and cash remittances from workers overseas. Washington Post, "Pakistan blames the U.S. for its return to a terror financing watch list," 4 Mar. 2018 Surrogacy and the donation of eggs and sperm are regulated by the mostly male Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, whose rules are unduly restrictive. The Economist, "No country resorts to IVF more than Japan—or has less success," 24 May 2018 Such situations can lead to bias in the design and interpretation of clinical studies, as well as prescription and medical practices that unduly favor companies. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Top cancer expert forgot to mention $3.5M industry ties—he just resigned," 14 Sep. 2018 Following an investigation by the EU's Anti-Fraud Office, the European Parliament complained that Le Pen, who was a member of the European Parliament between 2009 and 2017, had unduly claimed the money for a parliamentary assistant. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "European Union court rules Marine Le Pen must repay $350,000 in misspent funds," 19 June 2018 The focus of Kulczyk’s collection is 20th- and 21st-century Eastern European art, especially those artists who were unduly overlooked because of gender, religion or politics. Natalia Rachlin, WSJ, "A New Museum is Putting This Swiss Alps Town on the Map," 12 Dec. 2018 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

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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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