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  1. qualified for or having a claim to reward, assistance, etc., because of one's actions, qualities, or situation: the deserving poor; a deserving applicant.
  2. meriting; worthy: a criminal deserving of a lifetime sentence.
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Origin of deserving

First recorded in 1570–80; deserve + -ing2
Related formsde·serv·ing·ly, adverbde·serv·ing·ness, nounself-de·serv·ing, adjectiveun·de·serv·ing, adjectiveun·de·serv·ing·ly, adverbun·de·serv·ing·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • She felt the fervor of admiration in the young man's attitude towards her, but she was painfully conscious of her undeservingness.

    The Portion of Labor

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

British Dictionary definitions for undeservingness


  1. (often postpositive and foll by of) worthy, esp of praise or reward
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  1. rare a merit or demerit; desert
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Derived Formsdeservingly, adverbdeservingness, noun
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