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[uhn-doo, -dyoo] /ʌnˈdu, -ˈdyu/
unwarranted; excessive:
undue haste.
inappropriate; unjustifiable; improper:
undue influence.
not owed or currently payable.
Origin of undue
1350-1400; Middle English undewe. See un-1, due
Can be confused
undo, undue. Unabridged
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  • I must not delay, and yet I must not spoil all by undue hurry.

    Jones of the 64th F. S. (Frederick Sadleir) Brereton
  • There was an air of undue haste—a precipitancy and rush not all reassuring.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
  • And, like Schopenhauer, he masked this undue sensibility with a repelling misanthropy.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • The mischief is in the blood,—I mean, in the undue distribution of the blood.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • He was prevented only by the promise made to his friend, and the fear of undue excitement in the mind of his mother.

British Dictionary definitions for undue


excessive or unwarranted
unjust, improper, or illegal
(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 undue

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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