Definition of undeserving in English:

undeserving

adjective

  • Not deserving or worthy of something positive, especially help or praise.

    ‘the applicant is undeserving of assistance’
    ‘the undeserving poor’
    • ‘The problem here is that people object when randomly good things happen to undeserving people.’
    • ‘And who decides who is undeserving, and deserving, or who is lucky and who is astute?’
    • ‘It's about time that we began to recognize that inherited wealth is equally undeserving of our reverence.’
    • ‘He is undeserving of such praise because what he actually produced was confusion.’
    • ‘Also, we wanted to ensure the money raised would be used cent for cent towards social work and not bleed away into the hands of those undeserving.’
    • ‘I closed my eyes, refusing to see the torture being done to my poor, undeserving hair.’
    • ‘Yet it's possible that Edina may be even less forgivable as that most loathsome of types, the undeserving rich.’
    • ‘There are rumours about town that Rita and her family are planning to pack up and move their restaurant to some other undeserving locale.’
    • ‘Once taken in by the upper society, he is given undeserving respect and a copious amount of bribes.’
    • ‘So companies settle for a lot less, but still give undeserving people money.’
    • ‘If his case doesn't justify asylum, then there are millions of undeserving asylum seekers living here under false pretences.’
    • ‘I'm not interested in whether or not they are married, or whether they are the deserving or undeserving poor.’
    • ‘They are, as far as anyone can tell, bitterly hostile to the oligarchs, believing them to be the undeserving beneficiaries of resources that belong to the nation.’
    • ‘The undeserving rich, some might say, although at least they've worked for their money… unlike some.’
    • ‘Always err on the side of niceness until they prove themselves to be undeserving of your better side.’
    • ‘I wonder which undeserving news story will blow up to be huge next?’
    • ‘We must not blame the poor nor place them in categories of deserving or undeserving.’
    • ‘Mr Williams and others who write to the papers contrive to imply that council staff are uniquely undeserving idle bureaucrats or lazy workmen.’
    • ‘But the undeserving poor, particularly those who showed no signs of changing their ways, were given harsh treatment.’
    • ‘I guess that there has to be some sort of finality; the awards will be back next year, complete with deserving and undeserving winners.’
    not worthy, not good enough for, ineligible for, unqualified for, unfit for
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Pronunciation

undeserving

/ʌndɪˈzəːvɪŋ/