AskDefine | Define undue

Dictionary Definition

undue adj
1 not yet payable; "an undue loan" [syn: not due] [ant: due]
2 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" [ant: due]
3 lacking justification or authorization; "unreasonable searches and seizures"; "desire for undue private profit"; "unwarranted limitations of personal freedom" [syn: unjustified, unwarranted]
4 beyond normal limits; "excessive charges"; "a book of inordinate length"; "his dress stops just short of undue elegance"; "unreasonable demands" [syn: excessive, inordinate, unreasonable]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From un- + due

Pronunciation

  • italbrac RP /ʌnˈdjuː/
  • italbrac US /ʌnˈduː/ or /ʌnˈdjuː/
  • Rhymes with: -uː

Homophones

Adjective

  1. Excessive; going beyond that what is natural or sufficient.
    To individuals who despise killings in any form, death penalty is undue punishment.
  2. That which ought not to be done; illegal; unjustified.
  3. In the context of "of a payment etc": Not owing or payable.

Translations

Excessive; going beyond that what is natural or sufficient
That which ought not to be done; illegal; unjustified
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