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[uhn-doo-lee, -dyoo-] /ʌnˈdu li, -ˈdyu-/
unduly worried.
in an inappropriate, unjustifiable, or improper manner:
unduly critical.
Origin of unduly
1350-1400; Middle English undewely. See undue, -ly Unabridged
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  • The country's leading anti-shark protection authority believes it can be done without unduly endangering bathers.
  • We are subject to fevers of provincialism which make us vaunt ourselves unduly and to chills of colonialism which make up un-.
  • And they do not think of themselves as put upon or unduly burdened.
  • Unfortunately, he falls into the lazy trap of extrapolation, which leads him to unduly apocalyptic conclusions.
  • Thus they were not unduly frightened by my presence, and observations were extremely profitable.
  • They added that he did not seem unduly alarmed by the device before it exploded.
  • Realize your lack of intimacy in no way seemed to unduly bother any of these folks.
  • But to say there is no link to crime more generally looks unduly optimistic.
  • Luckily the snare was loose and the giraffe did not suffer unduly.
  • On the one hand, it needs to ward off an unduly deep downturn in growth.
British Dictionary definitions for unduly


immoderately; excessively
in contradiction of moral or legal standards
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Word Origin and History for unduly

late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + duly.

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