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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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  • His face was pale and there was a strange look in his eyes, but he did not appear to be unduly excited.

    The Flag Homer Greene
  • He was convinced by what she told him that both Lloyd and her mother were unduly alarmed.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • I trust I would not be unduly influenced by personal considerations.

  • He will not be puffed up by success, or unduly depressed by failure.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Solomon had unduly favoured his own tribe by exemptions from the general requisition, and Ephraim fretted under a sense of wrong.

  • Meantime, he counselled the public to be not unduly alarmed.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • One or two women appeared to be unduly solicitous of their large and heavy handbags.

    Occasion for Disaster Gordon Randall Garrett
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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