un·​du·​ly ˌən-ˈdü-lē How to pronounce unduly (audio)
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unduly was in the 14th century

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“Unduly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unduly. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


un·​du·​ly ˌən-ˈd(y)ü-lē How to pronounce unduly (audio)
: in an undue manner
especially : excessively
unduly upset

Legal Definition


un·​du·​ly ˌən-ˈdü-lē, -ˈdyü- How to pronounce unduly (audio)
: in an undue manner : to an excessive degree
unduly influenced the testator
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