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adjective as in undeserved

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When grateful we affirm that we have received an unearned good and recognize that this good comes from outside of us.

From Time

The numbers driving their declining performance fit nicely with the notion that Houston’s success over the previous half-decade was unearned.

Again and again, Shadow and Bone forces unearned story beats and melodrama.

From Vox

I mostly found that choice unsatisfying and unearned, particularly because this film has aspirations toward realism rather than being a straight revenge fantasy.

From Vox

I was getting all of this unearned affinity with these guys for heroically freeing them from the strange circumstance.

As a white, educated, Western, middle-class male, I possess most of the unearned privilege the world has to offer.

Here, however, the novel ends with unearned sentimentality and cheap contrivance.

And often times this very hard work is done under the most difficult of circumstances—with unearned stress of the worst kind.

To those earning income; not to those sitting on unearned wealth.

They were mostly unearned windfalls collected from gambling on markets that were rigged to rise.

Again, earned incomes appear to represent lower ability to pay than unearned ones.

Death not unearned, nor yet a novelty in this house; Let him make talk in hell concerning Iphigenia.

The inheritance of unearned wealth quite frequently proves a curse rather than a blessing.

He pulls himself out of many a predicament and obtains many an unearned morsel in this way.

And it was plain to me that this girl was no beggar, no passive accepter of bounties unearned from anybody.


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On this page you'll find 6 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to unearned, such as: not deserved, not earned, not merited, not warranted, unmerited, and unwarranted.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.