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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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Examples from the web for undue
  • There is caution and then there is the preternatural caution that evokes undue literary disorientation or confusion.
  • And you're right that there is undue disrespect in my tone in my posts.
  • There is a rather undue bias toward the comments this film makes and the media attention that it is garnering.
  • Lethal injection can cause undue suffering to the condemned.
  • Getting rid of the battery packs can also be done without undue harm to the environment.
  • My best guess is that you are insinuating that pharmaceutical companies have an undue influence on psychiatry.
  • Attacking the monetary power of the wealthiest reduces their tendency to have undue power over everyone else.
  • She added that humanely killed pigs and cows produced higher quality meat than those that suffered undue stress.
  • It isn't as if doing so imposes an undue burden on criminals found to be here legally.
  • But without undue concern they could even walk around.
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.

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