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unearned

[ uhn-urnd ]
/ ʌnˈɜrnd /
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adjective
not received in exchange for labor or services; not gained by lawful work or employment.
not earned; unmerited; undeserved: unearned promotion.
not yet earned: Lenders are not permitted to take borrowers' unearned wages as collateral.
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Origin of unearned

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at un-1, earn1, -ed2
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British Dictionary definitions for unearned

unearned
/ (ʌnˈɜːnd) /

adjective
not deserved
not yet earned
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