ground·​less | \ ˈgrau̇n(d)-ləs How to pronounce groundless (audio) \

Definition of groundless

: having no ground or foundation groundless fears

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Other Words from groundless

groundlessly adverb
groundlessness noun

Examples of groundless in a Sentence

please stop making groundless accusations against people you happen to dislike fears of a strike proved groundless

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That report, however, says that fear is groundless. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Study shows Kentucky counties are 'wildly inconsistent' when it comes to bail treatment," 11 June 2019 The opinion also found the claims about Burbey’s alleged conduct that led to the ban were groundless. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Moving back to classroom, Harford teachers union leader steps down," 6 July 2018 Trump has been fomenting a trade war, hurling wild and largely groundless accusations at America’s allies. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Fulfilling Russia’s Dream of Splitting the Western Alliance," 8 June 2018 Trump administration officials and their allies have charged that the system is rife with fraud and groundless claims and have demanded stricter standards. The Christian Science Monitor, "Asylum-seekers line up at US-Mexico border," 8 June 2018 Salk officials have called the accusations groundless. Gary Robbins,, "Salk Institute places a star geneticist on leave over allegations about his conduct," 21 Apr. 2018 The Gibbons campaign says the complaint is groundless. Seth A. Richardson,, "Jim Renacci campaign files police report alleging Mike Gibbons staffer stole documents," 15 Jan. 2018 And rights are certainly not arbitrary or groundless, given to us capriciously by a state that can take them away at will. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Democracy’s Moral Foundations: Recovering Our ‘Constitution in Full’," 20 June 2019 The Turkish government has said accusations that Halkbank helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions are groundless and based on fabricated documents. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "U.S. Rebuffs Effort to Tether Bank Fine to Pastor’s Release," 19 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of groundless

1602, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of groundless

: not based on facts


ground·​less | \ ˈgrau̇nd-ləs How to pronounce groundless (audio) \

Kids Definition of groundless

: having no real reason groundless fears

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