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synonyms for unearned

  • not deserved
  • not earned
  • not merited
  • not warranted
  • unmerited
  • unwarranted
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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.
HOW GRATITUDE CAN HELP COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGEROBERT A. EMMONSNOVEMBER 12, 2021TIME
The numbers driving their declining performance fit nicely with the notion that Houston’s success over the previous half-decade was unearned.
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Again and again, Shadow and Bone forces unearned story beats and melodrama.
NETFLIX’S SHADOW AND BONE IS A MUDDLED, JOYLESS CHECKLIST OF FANTASY TROPESCONSTANCE GRADYAPRIL 23, 2021VOX
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, EXPLAINEDEMILY VANDERWERFFAPRIL 16, 2021VOX
I was getting all of this unearned affinity with these guys for heroically freeing them from the strange circumstance.
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Again, earned incomes appear to represent lower ability to pay than unearned ones.
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Death not unearned, nor yet a novelty in this house; Let him make talk in hell concerning Iphigenia.
INSTIGATIONSEZRA POUND
The inheritance of unearned wealth quite frequently proves a curse rather than a blessing.
A BROADER MISSION FOR LIBERAL EDUCATIONJOHN HENRY WORST
He pulls himself out of many a predicament and obtains many an unearned morsel in this way.
WATCHED BY WILD ANIMALSENOS 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 FOOTROBERT W. CHAMBERS
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