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unearned

[uhn-urnd] /ʌnˈɜrnd/
adjective
1.
not received in exchange for labor or services; not gained by lawful work or employment.
2.
not earned; unmerited; undeserved:
unearned promotion.
3.
not yet earned:
Lenders are not permitted to take borrowers' unearned wages as collateral.
Origin of unearned
1150-1200
Middle English word dating back to 1150-1200; See origin at un-1, earn1, -ed2
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  • But, you may rightly say, this will not eliminate the unearned incomes.

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  • Like Henry George we both understand the value of unearned increment.

  • God's gift is to be received as purely His gift, undeserved, unearned by us.

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  • And far away, Earth could rest in unearned safety for a while.

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  • He was deprived by it of nothing except, perhaps, an "unearned increment."

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British Dictionary definitions for unearned

unearned

/ʌnˈɜːnd/
adjective
1.
not deserved
2.
not yet earned
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Word Origin and History for unearned
adj.

c.1200, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of earn. Unearned income is recorded from 1889.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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