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[uhn-doo-lee, -dyoo-] /ʌnˈdu li, -ˈdyu-/
unduly worried.
in an inappropriate, unjustifiable, or improper manner:
unduly critical.
Origin of unduly
First recorded in 1350-1400, unduly is from the Middle English word undewely. See undue, -ly Unabridged
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  • He was convinced by what she told him that both Lloyd and her mother were unduly alarmed.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • He will not be puffed up by success, or unduly depressed by failure.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Meantime, he counselled the public to be not unduly alarmed.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • The digestive organs are weakened by illness, and should not be unduly taxed.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • Of course, my dear sir, you understand that I am not unduly curious.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • When he spoke, it was with no trace of consciousness that the question had been unduly intimate.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • Some of its votaries, on the other hand, are inclined to exalt it unduly.

British Dictionary definitions for unduly


immoderately; excessively
in contradiction of moral or legal standards
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Word Origin and History for unduly

late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + duly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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