un·​earned | \ ˌən-ˈərnd How to pronounce unearned (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The company’s unearned revenue, denoting income received for work not yet completed, stood at $7.134 billion at the end of 2019, having more than doubled over two years. ... Mike Bird, WSJ, "The Other Chinese Property Debt to Worry About," 8 July 2020 The Bears got an unearned run in the seventh for the winning margin. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "June 28, 1947: Cal knocks off Yale to win inaugural College World Series," 28 June 2020 Other, plottier moments, like a bodega robbery Scott’s involved in that goes sideways, feel abrupt and unearned. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The King of Staten Island," 13 June 2020 Maddux yields an unearned run — set up by a three-base throwing error — over six innings. John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times, "This day in sports: Bobby Orr scores iconic Cup-clinching goal for Bruins in 1970," 10 May 2020 Cain allowed one unearned run over 21 ⅓ innings, pitching once in each series. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "10 Giants from 2010: Matt Cain on near-perfect postseason, ruinous injuries," 29 Apr. 2020 The Gauchos scored two unearned runs in the seventh inning and rode the strong performance of their bullpen to a 3-2 victory, dealing the Beavers their fifth consecutive defeat. oregonlive, "Oregon State Beavers baseball suffers series sweep with 3-2 loss to UC Santa Barbara," 9 Mar. 2020 Brandon Woodruff started his third game and surrendered three hits and an unearned run with a strikeout. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Camp report: Aside from a booming homer, the Brewers offense is quiet again in another loss," 4 Mar. 2020 Both hit 36 homers last season, with slick defense that helped the A’s limit opponents to 34 unearned runs, a franchise low and the fewest in the majors. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Tired of Chasing Astros, A’s Look Forward to a ‘Level’ Playing Field," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of unearned

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unearned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unearned. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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: not earned by working

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