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.

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Arizona tacked on three more runs against Mark Melancon in the seventh inning, including one unearned run after shortstop Brandon Crawford committed a throwing error. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Sloppy defense costs Giants, Vogt’s late home run not enough to carry offense," 29 June 2019 In the second inning, shortstop Chris Taylor allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base with a throwing error and the Diamondbacks (41-41) eventually tacked on an unearned run. Jorge Castillo, latimes.com, "Rough start to Tony Gonsolin's major league debut costs Dodgers," 26 June 2019 Fulmer allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk, striking out three. Doug Alden, courant.com, "Bogaerts homers as Red Sox beat White Sox in rain," 26 June 2019 The Commodores picked up an unearned run in the fifth and then Jack Weisenberger, who relieved Benjamin Keizer with two runners on in the sixth, let in two runs on wild pitches to back-to-back batters. Eric Olson, The Denver Post, "Vandy rides Rocker to win, forces a Game 3 vs. Michigan," 25 June 2019 The shortstop’s throwing error on a grounder by leadoff man James McCann led to an unearned run off David Price in the second. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox defeat White Sox at Fenway," 25 June 2019 Wells allowed one unearned run in 6 ⅓ innings before giving way to Jackson, who pitched 1 ⅔ innings before Jeff Brantley pitched a two-hit, shutout ninth. Mark Schmetzer, Cincinnati.com, "Top Cincinnati Reds games: No. 35 – Lewis, Gant led club to 10-1 win, 1995 NLDS victory," 20 June 2019 Lane pitched the title game, throwing six innings and giving up only one unearned run while striking out seven batters. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "Palm Beach 6A-1A baseball player of the year: Carmine Lane, American Heritage-Delray," 19 June 2019 In an 8-6 defeat to Kansas City on Sunday, the Royals scored four unearned runs on two errors. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "Twins: Byron Buxton misses third straight game with sore wrist," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of unearned

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unearned

: not earned by working

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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