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deserving

[dih-zur-ving] /dɪˈzɜr vɪŋ/
adjective
1.
qualified for or having a claim to reward, assistance, etc., because of one's actions, qualities, or situation:
the deserving poor; a deserving applicant.
2.
meriting; worthy:
a criminal deserving of a lifetime sentence.
Origin of deserving
1570-1580
1570-80; deserve + -ing2
Related forms
deservingly, adverb
deservingness, noun
self-deserving, adjective
undeserving, adjective
undeservingly, adverb
undeservingness, noun
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  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for undeservingness

deserving

/dɪˈzɜːvɪŋ/
adjective
1.
often postpositive and foll by of. worthy, esp of praise or reward
noun
2.
(rare) a merit or demerit; desert
Derived Forms
deservingly, adverb
deservingness, noun
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