- unwarranted; excessive: undue haste.
- inappropriate; unjustifiable; improper: undue influence.
- not owed or currently payable.
Origin of undue
Examples from the Web for undue
Ryan did not go into detail on what an “undue burden” would be.Paul Ryan’s Plan: Rebooting Compassionate Conservatism
July 24, 2014
Critics contend that bundlers have undue influence over politicians.Senate Democrats Snag Campaign Cash From Lobbyist-Bundlers
June 16, 2014
Placing an undue emphasis on our ‘separateness’ is a step backward.Fringe Factor: Penn. Health Dept. Says Gays Are Like 12 Year Olds
September 1, 2013
After undue delay the United States has finally put itself in support of such a process.Obama’s Deal With Afghanistan Underscores Its Crucial Role in the War on Terror
May 3, 2012
But people also have a right to a fair trial and freedom from an undue flogging.Time for a Perp Walk Ban?
July 1, 2011
His cousin, M. Charbonnel, got the will reduced on the ground of undue influence.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
There was an air of undue haste—a precipitancy and rush not all reassuring.Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman
J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
As long as they made no undue noise, they were left to their own devices.Vulcan's Workshop
The mischief is in the blood,—I mean, in the undue distribution of the blood.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
But their attitude arrested him; he felt an undue strain in the air.The Man Who Wins
- excessive or unwarranted
- unjust, improper, or illegal
- (of a debt, bond, etc) not yet payable
Word Origin and History for undue
late 14c., "not owing or payable," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of due (adj.). Formed on model of Old French indeu, Latin indebitus. Meaning "not appropriate, unseasonable" is recorded from late 14c. Sense of "unjustifiable" is attested from c.1400 (implied in unduly). Meaning "excessive" is first recorded 1680s.