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Definition of "undue" []

  • Exceeding what is appropriate or normal; excessive: "I was grateful, without showing undue excitement” ( Katherine Mansfield). (adjective)
  • Not just, proper, or legal: undue use of force. (adjective)
  • Not yet payable or due: an undue loan. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "undue" in a sentence
  • "Even Our Italy's president, Alessandra Mottola Molfino, a fierce critic of what she calls undue corporate influence on government arts and environment policy, sees a constructive role for free enterprise, praising the hoteliers who make preservation profitable by restoring entire medieval villages as alberghi diffusi "scattered hotels"."
  • "Much capital is made by certain ship owners out of what they call the undue discrimination of subsidies against their vessels; but they can never lay this charge at the door of the fast and very expensive mail packets, or elsewhere than upon the slow auxiliary propellers which any of them have a right to attempt to run, and which the Government never did and never will subsidize."
  • "In Vancouver, Wash., about 700 people demonstrated against what they described as undue influence by corporations in American life."