unduest

undue

[uhn-doo, -dyoo]
adjective
1.
unwarranted; excessive: undue haste.
2.
inappropriate; unjustifiable; improper: undue influence.
3.
not owed or currently payable.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English undewe. See un-1, due

undo, undue.
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undue (ʌnˈdjuː)
 
adj
1.  excessive or unwarranted
2.  unjust, improper, or illegal
3.  (of a debt, bond, etc) not yet payable
 
usage  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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undue
late 14c., "not owing or payable," from un- (1) "not" + pp. of due. Formed on model of O.Fr. indeu, L. 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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