- qualified for or having a claim to reward, assistance, etc., because of one's actions, qualities, or situation: the deserving poor; a deserving applicant.
- meriting; worthy: a criminal deserving of a lifetime sentence.
Origin of deserving
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Examples from the Web for undeservingness
She felt the fervor of admiration in the young man's attitude towards her, but she was painfully conscious of her undeservingness.The Portion of Labor
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
- (often postpositive and foll by of) worthy, esp of praise or reward
- rare a merit or demerit; desert
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