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 Dictionary entry overview: What does undue mean? 

UNDUE (adjective)
  The adjective UNDUE has 4 senses:

1. not yet payable
2. not appropriate or proper (or even legal) in the circumstances
3. lacking justification or authorization
4. beyond normal limits

  Familiarity information: UNDUE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

UNDUE (adjective)

Sense 1undue [BACK TO TOP]


Not yet payable


not due; undue

Context example:

an undue loan


due (owed and payable immediately or on demand)

Sense 2undue [BACK TO TOP]


Not appropriate or proper (or even legal) in the circumstances

Context examples:

undue influence / I didn't want to show undue excitement / accused of using undue force

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)


due (suitable to or expected in the circumstances)

Sense 3undue [BACK TO TOP]


Lacking justification or authorization


unjustified; undue; unwarranted

Context examples:

unreasonable searches and seizures / desire for undue private profit / unwarranted limitations of personal freedom


unreasonable (not reasonable; not showing good judgment)

Sense 4undue [BACK TO TOP]


Beyond normal limits


excessive; inordinate; unreasonable; undue

Context examples:

excessive charges / a book of inordinate length / his dress stops just short of undue elegance / unreasonable demands


immoderate (not within reasonable limits)

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