Definition of unearned in English:

unearned

adjective

  • 1Not earned or deserved.

    ‘unearned privileges’
    • ‘Largely, this can be explained by the embarrassment many of them feel about their obscene and unearned mega-fortunes.’
    • ‘You do not have the unearned right to a new car, big screen TV or any other form of wealth.’
    • ‘No, it's one of those days where your own boon and bounty seem unearned, unfair, because other people are dealing with so much horror and sadness.’
    • ‘Having said all that, there's really no way of interpreting the Prince's memo as anything other than an off-guard defense of old-fashioned deference, unearned privilege and patronage.’
    • ‘It is the arrogant and totally unearned presumption of smug superiority that infuriated people.’
    • ‘McDowell's versions of rural life can at times settle into unearned romanticism.’
    • ‘They'll never get that ballast of unearned privilege into space.’
    • ‘It is little more than a long catalogue of police brutalities, riots, social upheaval, disgust and unearned shame.’
    • ‘I began to count the ways in which I enjoy unearned skin privilege and have been conditioned into oblivion about it existence.’
    • ‘Fortunately sport, at its grassroots at least, is not infested with false praise and unearned promotions.’
    • ‘The real reality is we've had an unearned advantage by living here in this island and that advantage has gone away with the new technology.’
    • ‘Youth is the single most infuriating example of unearned status.’
    • ‘The second factor has to do with the debilitating effects of unearned privilege.’
    • ‘The United States has opted to rely more heavily on schooling as a means for promoting individual fulfillment, enhancing social justice, and countering unearned privilege.’
    • ‘Large publishers reported that unearned advances represented between 8% and 10% of turnover.’
    • ‘‘Ah Dublin, you're giving it away,’ he wailed in the 55th minute, as the Dublin defence fluffed its lines yet again, giving Laois another unearned scoring opportunity.’
    • ‘I sincerely thank you for your time in reading this lengthy message, and for any assistance you give in putting my blog over the top and letting me live in unearned luxury for the rest of my life.’
    1. 1.1Baseball (of a run) resulting from an error by the fielding side.
      • ‘He allowed just one hit and one unearned run in five innings while striking out eight batters.’
      • ‘Errors proved costly with the Aussies picking up two more unearned runs.’
      • ‘The Longhorns made five errors that led to four unearned runs in two losses.’
      • ‘The defense committed too many errors that led to unearned runs.’
      • ‘Hamilton, 31, who is in camp on a minor league contract, allowed one unearned run in five innings in his first two games.’

Pronunciation

unearned

/ʌnˈəːnd/