[ uhn-doo, -dyoo ]
/ ʌnˈdu, -ˈdyu /


unwarranted; excessive: undue haste.
inappropriate; unjustifiable; improper: undue influence.
not owed or currently payable.

Nearby words

  1. undressed,
  2. undrinkable,
  3. undro,
  4. undset,
  5. undset, sigrid,
  6. undulant,
  7. undulant fever,
  8. undulate,
  9. undulating membrane,
  10. undulating pulse

Origin of undue

First recorded in 1350–1400, undue is from the Middle English word undewe. See un-1, due

Can be confusedundo undue

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British Dictionary definitions for undue


/ (ʌnˈdjuː) /


excessive or unwarranted
unjust, improper, or illegal
(of a debt, bond, etc) not yet payable


The use of undue in sentences such as there is no cause for undue alarm is redundant and should be avoided

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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.

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