groundless

adjective

ground·​less ˈgrau̇n(d)-ləs How to pronounce groundless (audio)
: having no ground or foundation
groundless fears
groundlessly adverb
groundlessness noun

Examples of groundless in a Sentence

please stop making groundless accusations against innocent people fears of a strike proved groundless
Recent Examples on the Web Many of these accusations may be groundless, but nobody can deny that lab safety is a major concern in China. Yanzhong Huang, Foreign Affairs, 5 Mar. 2020 Legal experts have called the case against him groundless, arguing that the accusations against him do not rise to the level of impeachable offenses. Luke Broadwater, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2024 Chinese officials say that such accusations of overcapacity are groundless and that foreign governments are trying to suppress China’s development. ‘Reverse consumption’ The economic anxiety is on display all over China. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 10 Apr. 2024 Commentary and opinions Michael Hiltzik: The FDA shoots itself in the foot by settling a groundless lawsuit over its ivermectin warnings. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2024 The reference was to a groundless accusation beloved by lab-leak advocates that a grant proposal sponsored by Daszak’s organization involved creating a virus in a Chinese lab that became SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024 That word — rig — suggesting there was something illicit, fishy or not entirely kosher about this week’s California primary, wasn’t just groundless and self-serving. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2024 But most of his assertions on hot-button topics like Jan. 6, the 9/11 terror attacks and demographic changes in the U.S. were groundless or have been repeatedly debunked. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 7 Dec. 2023 Again, a more sober analysis indicates that these charges are largely groundless. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, 10 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of groundless was in 1602

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“Groundless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groundless. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

groundless

adjective
ground·​less ˈgrau̇n-(d)ləs How to pronounce groundless (audio)
: not justified : having no real basis
groundless fears
groundlessly adverb
groundlessness noun

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