Definition of undue in English:



  • Unwarranted or inappropriate because excessive or disproportionate.

    ‘this figure did not give rise to undue concern’
    • ‘Although I was particularly careful not to name any person, I regret any distress or undue concern that might have been caused to any person.’
    • ‘They impose excess burdens through undue discouragement of such investment.’
    • ‘Cllr Joe Dunne said he was concerned at what appears ‘to be an undue delay’ in putting the scheme in place.’
    • ‘Society as a whole has placed undue and excessive trust in the ability of political measures to solve the problems of the Aborigines.’
    • ‘Overpopulation and rampant species loss are ‘unfounded or undue concerns.’’
    • ‘‘The minister said that he was anxious to deal with the proposed legislation and was not in favour of undue delay,’ said Mr Walsh.’
    • ‘He also called for cancer services in Ireland to be put ‘on a par with the rest of Europe and the world without any undue delay.’’
    • ‘Voluntary organisations such as Civil Defence also need call-out plans to bring personnel in from their everyday activities in an effective manner and without undue delay.’
    • ‘Meaney suggested that the Board examine the possibility of buying services from the private sector in cases where there was undue delay.’
    • ‘They did not anticipate any undue delay in meeting the council's request and expected that the council's deliberations would be concluded soon after the provision of the information.’
    • ‘And that's appropriate because the threat is an urgent one, and we need to act without undue delay.’
    • ‘It was characterised by an excessive and even undue respect for authority and authoritarianism.’
    • ‘It also gives grounds for caution at the possibility of undue government interference or excessive bureaucratization.’
    • ‘When we finally started to make inroads and become popular, there was so much, at least as far as the band was concerned, undue attention being paid to my stuff.’
    • ‘This follows a landmark European Court ruling that governments must now pay for their citizens' medical treatment abroad if there is undue delay providing it at home.’
    • ‘Where there is abundance of food, excessive eating and undue weight gain are not uncommon, although there is in fact a normal physiological tendency to lay down more fat stores in the earlier months.’
    • ‘There are numerous complaints about the undue delays there are in planning at the moment.’
    • ‘Given the type of congestion we have experienced, undue delay in providing the roads needed would be a recipe for a real nightmare scenario.’
    • ‘Serious problems usually result from undue delay in seeing a doctor.’
    • ‘Anyone who continues to look at the new environment from an outdated perspective will become embroiled in excessive and undue worries.’
    excessive, extreme, immoderate, intemperate, disproportionate, inordinate
    fulsome, superfluous, too much, too great
    uncalled for, unneeded, unnecessary, non-essential, not required, needless
    unwarranted, unjustified, unreasonable
    inappropriate, unmerited, unsuitable, unseemly, unbecoming, improper, ill-advised
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