[ uhn-doo, -dyoo ]
/ ʌnˈdu, -ˈdyu /


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

Origin of undue

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

Can be confused

undo 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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