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undue Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective not yet payable
    • an undue loan
  2. adjective not appropriate or proper (or even legal) in the circumstances
    • undue influence
    • I didn't want to show undue excitement
    • accused of using undue force
  3. adjective satellite lacking justification or authorization
    unwarranted; unjustified.
    • desire for undue private profit
    • unwarranted limitations of personal freedom
  4. adjective satellite beyond normal limits
    inordinate; excessive; unreasonable.
    • excessive charges
    • a book of inordinate length
    • his dress stops just short of undue elegance
    • unreasonable demands

Un*due" adjective
  1. Not due; not yet owing; as, an undue debt, note, or bond.
  2. Not right; not lawful or legal; improper; as, an undue proceeding. Bacon.
  3. Not agreeable to a rule or standard, or to duty; disproportioned; excessive; immoderate; inordinate; as, an undue attachment to forms; an undue rigor in the execution of law.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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