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deserved

[dih-zurvd]
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  1. justly or rightly earned; merited: a deserved increase in salary.
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Origin of deserved

First recorded in 1545–55; deserve + -ed2
Related formsde·serv·ed·ness [dih-zur-vid-nis] /dɪˈzɜr vɪd nɪs/, nounhalf-de·served, adjectivehalf-de·serv·ed·ness, nounun·de·served, adjectivewell-de·served, adjective
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