unearned

adjective un·earned \ ˌən-ˈərnd \
|Updated on: 9 Jun 2018

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

  1. Bank interest is regarded as unearned income.

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First Known Use of unearned

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of unearned for English Language Learners

  • : not earned by working


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