- 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.
Origin of deserving
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Examples from the Web for undeserving
Are there undeserving, even fraudulent people receiving welfare/food/housing assistance?When Did ‘Dependence’ Become a Dirty Word?
April 6, 2014
Romney implied that these folks are lazy and undeserving, always looking for a handout.Mitt Romney’s 47 Percent Not Who GOP Wants You to Think They Are
James Braxton Peterson
September 27, 2012
The underlying message: Daniels was undeserving to be a mother because of her adult career.Stormy Daniels on Being a Porn-Star Mom
August 23, 2012
To my mind, it is undeserving of even respectful consideration.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
Then he remembered the shelter which he had himself established for the undeserving poor.The Christian
That's what I am—an undeserving, ungrateful, irresponsible, and asinine pup!Athalie
Robert W. Chambers
A landsman or boy in a coaster, undeserving the pay of a full-man.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
I have given help readily to the deserving, fearlessly to the undeserving.Meditations
- (often postpositive and foll by of) worthy, esp of praise or reward
- rare a merit or demerit; desert
Word Origin and History for undeserving
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper