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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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 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 The scorer would not reward Cody Bellinger for the next at-bat, but the Dodgers still produced an unearned run. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Kenta Maeda fans nine to secure Dodgers' 4-2 win over Padres," 12 July 2018 Odor entered Wednesday with a career-best 40-game streak without an error, but that was snapped with a second-inning gaffe that led to an unearned run. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers’ most frustrating player working to shed that label," 11 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

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: not earned by working

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