Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Excessive; going beyond that what is natural or sufficient.
  • adj. That which ought not to be done; illegal; unjustified.
  • adj. Not owing or payable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not due; not yet owing.
  • adj. Not right; not lawful or legal; improper.
  • adj. Not agreeable to a rule or standard, or to duty; disproportioned; excessive; immoderate; inordinate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not due; not yet demandable by right; not yet owing: as, a debt, note, or bond undue.
  • Not right; not lawful; improper; unworthy: as, an undue proceeding.
  • Erring by excess; excessive; inordinate; disproportioned: as, an undue regard to the externals of religion; an undue attachment to forms; an undue rigor in the execution of law.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not appropriate or proper (or even legal) in the circumstances
  • adj. not yet payable
  • adj. lacking justification or authorization
  • adj. beyond normal limits

Etymologies

From un- +‎ due (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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".

    While Pompeii Crumbles

  • 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.

    Ocean Steam Navigation and the Ocean Post

  • In Vancouver, Wash., about 700 people demonstrated against what they described as undue influence by corporations in American life.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • Protests also took place in Tacoma, Olympia, Spokane and in Vancouver, Wash., where about 700 people demonstrated against what they described as undue influence by corporations in American life.

    The Seattle Times

  • Protests also took place in Tacoma, Olympia, Yakima, Spokane and in Vancouver, Wash., where about 700 people demonstrated against what they described as undue influence by corporations in American life.

    The Seattle Times

  • The ongoing discussion on the introduction of an eco-contribution on plastic carrier bags is being followed very closely by the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry which believes that such a contribution will bring what it calls undue hardship on business operators.

    MaltaMedia.com

  • So a vegan lifestyle results in undue economic stress.

    Farmers dump [yellow tail] in protest | Dr Vino's wine blog

  • The work, a groundbreaking study that helped establish the field of medical statistics, showed that the unmarried died from disease “in undue proportion” to their married counterparts.

    Is There a Health Advantage to Being Married? | Impact Lab

  • Of course we all know that USA does not believe in undue Government regulations and big government to protect its people ..

    Landrieu won't say if she'll return BP money

  • What was required was a perfume penetrating enough to obscure the bouquet of rutting goat, yet not so overpowering that it called undue attention to itself: there was little to be gained by moving from one extreme to another on the olfactory scale.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

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