unmerited

adjective
un·​mer·​it·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈmer-ə-təd How to pronounce unmerited (audio) , -ˈme-rə-\

Definition of unmerited

: not adequately earned or deserved : not merited an unmerited award unmerited insults unmerited criticism/praise

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The unmerited favor given to others in spite of, and sometimes because of, color, class and/or culture. The Rev. David Anderson, Columbia Flier, "A community marked by fairness and respect [Commentary]," 14 Sep. 2017 False balance is a hallmark of bad journalism, and the unmerited elevation of crackpots’ bad opinions is a hallmark of false balance. Justin Peters, Slate Magazine, "Firing Jeffrey Lord Doesn’t Fix CNN’s Jeffrey Lord Problem," 11 Aug. 2017 Tom has received an unexpected and unmerited pay cut that the couple (and especially Clementine) feel justifies a raid of the company coffers. Punch Shaw, star-telegram, "‘The Trap’ turns predatory lending into theater," 29 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of unmerited

1581, in the meaning defined above

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