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[uhn-urnd] /ʌnˈɜrnd/
not received in exchange for labor or services; not gained by lawful work or employment.
not earned; unmerited; undeserved:
unearned promotion.
not yet earned:
Lenders are not permitted to take borrowers' unearned wages as collateral.
Origin of unearned
Middle English word dating back to 1150-1200; See origin at un-1, earn1, -ed2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And unearned increment is an inevitable outcome and an invariable characteristic of the private ownership of land.

    Britain for the British Robert Blatchford
  • God's gift is to be received as purely His gift, undeserved, unearned by us.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • There's another little surplus of unearned increment piling up there, 'Tave.

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

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • If any one else gets money in this way they call it an unearned increment.

    Treading the Narrow Way R. E. Barrett
British Dictionary definitions for unearned


not deserved
not yet earned
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unearned

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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