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undue

[uhn-doo, -dyoo] /ʌnˈdu, -ˈdyu/
adjective
1.
unwarranted; excessive:
undue haste.
2.
inappropriate; unjustifiable; improper:
undue influence.
3.
not owed or currently payable.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English undewe. See un-1, due
Can be confused
undo, undue.
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British Dictionary definitions for un-duest

undue

/ʌnˈdjuː/
adjective
1.
excessive or unwarranted
2.
unjust, improper, or illegal
3.
(of a debt, bond, etc) not yet payable
Usage note
The use of undue in sentences such as there is no cause for undue alarm is redundant and should be avoided
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Word Origin and History for un-duest

undue

adj.

late 14c., "not owing or payable," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of due (adj.). Formed on model of Old French indeu, Latin indebitus. Meaning "not appropriate, unseasonable" is recorded from late 14c. Sense of "unjustifiable" is attested from c.1400 (implied in unduly). Meaning "excessive" is first recorded 1680s.

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