adjective Date: 13th century 1. not gained by labor, service, or skill <
unearned income
2. scored as a result of an error by the opposing team <
an unearned run

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Unearned — Un*earned , a. Not earned; not gained by labor or service. [1913 Webster] {Unearned increment} (Polit. Econ.), a increase in the value of land due to no labor or expenditure on the part of the owner, but to natural causes, such as the increase of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unearned — c.1200, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + pp. of EARN (Cf. earn). Unearned income is recorded from 1889 …   Etymology dictionary

  • unearned — [unʉrnd′] adj. 1. not earned by work or service; specif., obtained as a return on an investment [unearned income] 2. not deserved; unmerited …   English World dictionary

  • unearned — adj. Not earned. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • unearned — [adj] undeserved not deserved, not earned, not merited, not warranted, unmerited, unwarranted; concepts 545,548,558 …   New thesaurus

  • unearned — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not earned or deserved …   English terms dictionary

  • unearned — /un errnd /, adj. 1. not received in exchange for labor or services; not gained by lawful work or employment. 2. not earned; unmerited; undeserved: unearned promotion. 3. not yet earned: Lenders are not permitted to take borrowers unearned wages… …   Universalium

  • unearned — un|earned [ ʌn ɜrnd ] adjective 1. ) not resulting from work that you have done: rich landowners living on their unearned wealth 2. ) in baseball, an unearned run is a point that is scored because the other team makes a lot of mistakes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • unearned — adj. not earned. Phrases and idioms: unearned income income from interest payments etc. as opposed to salary, wages, or fees. unearned increment an increase in the value of property not due to the owner s labour or outlay …   Useful english dictionary

  • unearned — adj. Unearned is used with these nouns: ↑income …   Collocations dictionary

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