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[uhn-doo-lee, -dyoo-]
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  1. excessively: unduly worried.
  2. in an inappropriate, unjustifiable, or improper manner: unduly critical.
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Origin of unduly

First recorded in 1350–1400, unduly is from the Middle English word undewely. See undue, -ly
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  • He was convinced by what she told him that both Lloyd and her mother were unduly alarmed.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • He will not be puffed up by success, or unduly depressed by failure.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Meantime, he counselled the public to be not unduly alarmed.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The digestive organs are weakened by illness, and should not be unduly taxed.

    The Skilful Cook

    Mary Harrison

  • Of course, my dear sir, you understand that I am not unduly curious.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for unduly


  1. immoderately; excessively
  2. in contradiction of moral or legal standards
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Word Origin and History for unduly


late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + duly.

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