deserving

[ dih-zur-ving ]
/ dɪˈzɜr vɪŋ /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. desertification,
  2. desertion,
  3. deserve,
  4. deserved,
  5. deservedly,
  6. desex,
  7. desexualize,
  8. deshabille,
  9. desi,
  10. desiccant

Origin of deserving

First recorded in 1570–80; deserve + -ing2

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British Dictionary definitions for undeserving

deserving

/ (dɪˈzɜːvɪŋ) /

adjective

(often postpositive and foll by of) worthy, esp of praise or reward

noun

rare a merit or demerit; desert
Derived Formsdeservingly, adverbdeservingness, noun

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Word Origin and History for undeserving

undeserving

adj.

1540s, from un- (1) "not" + present participle of deserve.

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