unearned

adjective
un·​earned | \ ˌən-ˈərnd \

Definition of unearned

1 : not gained by labor, service, or skill unearned income
2 : scored as a result of an error by the opposing team an unearned run

Examples of unearned in a Sentence

Bank interest is regarded as unearned income.

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The two runs the Royals scored against him were unearned. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals lose to Astros again after Danny Duffy's hiccup in the sixth inning," 16 June 2018 The Toros may have outscored the Mustang all-stars 10-5, but a big chunk of those 10 runs were unearned. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Scrimmage tells Mustang all-stars the real deal is nearing," 6 June 2018 The runs, though, were unearned because of his throwing error. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Youngsters keep composure after ninth-inning collapse | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 1 May 2018 Out of the 10 runs scored by Calvary Baptist, six were unearned. Pat Mashburn, NOLA.com, "Calvary Baptist 10, Northlake Christian 0: Wolverines softball team ousted," 26 Apr. 2018 Miami scored an unearned run in the first, and capped a six-run second on Martin Prado's three-run homer off the left-field foul pole. baltimoresun.com, "Turner's eight RBIs help Nationals rally from nine-run deficit to beat Marlins, 14-12," 6 July 2018 Miami scored an unearned run in the first, and capped a six-run second on Martin Prado's three-run homer off the left-field foul pole. baltimoresun.com, "Turner's eight RBIs help Nationals rally from nine-run deficit to beat Marlins, 14-12," 6 July 2018 Miami scored an unearned run in the first, and capped a six-run second on Martin Prado's three-run homer off the left-field foul pole. baltimoresun.com, "Turner's eight RBIs help Nationals rally from nine-run deficit to beat Marlins, 14-12," 6 July 2018 Miami scored an unearned run in the first, and capped a six-run second on Martin Prado's three-run homer off the left-field foul pole. baltimoresun.com, "Turner's eight RBIs help Nationals rally from nine-run deficit to beat Marlins, 14-12," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of unearned

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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unearned

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unearned

: not earned by working

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