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unearned

[uhn-urnd] /ʌnˈɜrnd/
adjective
1.
not received in exchange for labor or services; not gained by lawful work or employment.
2.
not earned; unmerited; undeserved:
unearned promotion.
3.
not yet earned:
Lenders are not permitted to take borrowers' unearned wages as collateral.
Origin of unearned
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English; see un-1, earn1, -ed2
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  • And unearned increment is an inevitable outcome and an invariable characteristic of the private ownership of land.

    Britain for the British Robert Blatchford
  • But, you may rightly say, this will not eliminate the unearned incomes.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • There's another little surplus of unearned increment piling up there, 'Tave.

    Whirligigs O. Henry
  • God's gift is to be received as purely His gift, undeserved, unearned by us.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • If any one else gets money in this way they call it an unearned increment.

    Treading the Narrow Way R. E. Barrett
British Dictionary definitions for unearned

unearned

/ʌnˈɜːnd/
adjective
1.
not deserved
2.
not yet earned
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Word Origin and History for unearned
adj.

c.1200, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of earn. Unearned income is recorded from 1889.

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