Un*earned" (?), a.

Not earned; not gained by labor or service.

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 population, the growth of a town in the vicinity, or the like. Some hold that this should belong to the nation.<-- these days called windfall profits -->


© Webster 1913.

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