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How to use unearned in a sentence
When grateful we affirm that we have received an unearned good and recognize that this good comes from outside of us.
The numbers driving their declining performance fit nicely with the notion that Houston’s success over the previous half-decade was unearned.The Astros Are Good Again. That’s Complicating Their Story. | Neil Paine (firstname.lastname@example.org) | June 4, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
Again and again, Shadow and Bone forces unearned story beats and melodrama.Netflix’s Shadow and Bone is a muddled, joyless checklist of fantasy tropes | Constance Grady | April 23, 2021 | Vox
I mostly found that choice unsatisfying and unearned, particularly because this film has aspirations toward realism rather than being a straight revenge fantasy.Promising Young Woman’s explosive ending and Best Picture chances, explained | Emily VanDerWerff | April 16, 2021 | Vox
I was getting all of this unearned affinity with these guys for heroically freeing them from the strange circumstance.“We Get All Our Great Stuff from Europe — Including Witch Hunting.” (Ep. 446) | Steven D. Levitt | January 7, 2021 | Freakonomics
As a white, educated, Western, middle-class male, I possess most of the unearned privilege the world has to offer.
Here, however, the novel ends with unearned sentimentality and cheap contrivance.
And often times this very hard work is done under the most difficult of circumstances—with unearned stress of the worst kind.‘Gideon’s Army’: Gerald Shargel on the Defense That Never Rests | Gerald L. Shargel | July 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
To those earning income; not to those sitting on unearned wealth.
They were mostly unearned windfalls collected from gambling on markets that were rigged to rise.
Again, earned incomes appear to represent lower ability to pay than unearned ones.
Death not unearned, nor yet a novelty in this house; Let him make talk in hell concerning Iphigenia.Instigations | Ezra Pound
The inheritance of unearned wealth quite frequently proves a curse rather than a blessing.A Broader Mission for Liberal Education | John Henry Worst
He pulls himself out of many a predicament and obtains many an unearned morsel in this way.Watched by Wild Animals | Enos A. Mills
And it was plain to me that this girl was no beggar, no passive accepter of bounties unearned from anybody.The Little Red Foot | Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for unearned
not yet earned
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