unearned Definition

  • 1not deserved or earned; obtained without effort or merit
  • 2not yet received, despite being expected or due

Using unearned: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "unearned" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He inherited an unearned fortune from his grandfather.

  • Example

    The athlete was stripped of his medal due to unearned points.

  • Example

    She felt guilty for receiving unearned praise for the project.

unearned Synonyms and Antonyms


Summary: unearned in Brief

The term 'unearned' [ˌʌnˈɜːnd] refers to something that is not deserved or earned, often obtained without effort or merit. It can also mean something that is expected or due but has not yet been received. Examples include an unearned fortune, unearned points in a competition, and unearned praise for a project.

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