un·​found·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈfau̇n-dəd How to pronounce unfounded (audio) \

Definition of unfounded

: lacking a sound basis : groundless, unwarranted an unfounded accusation

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the accusation proved to be unfounded

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But the death of Mr. Epstein has drawn in notables in politics, media and the academic world who have joined in the unfounded speculation. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Epstein Conspiracy Theories: De Blasio, and Others Join Speculation," 12 Aug. 2019 The actions came as part of an investigation into allegations of money-laundering and tax evasion, which Navalny’s associates dismiss as unfounded. Will Englund, Washington Post, "Moscow protests take center stage for Russia’s next act," 8 Aug. 2019 Case in point: the second round of Democratic debates, which have prompted widespread but unfounded speculation that bots were influencing which candidates trended on Twitter and in Google search results. Emily Stewart, Vox, "#KamalaHarrisDestroyed debate signals how much we still don’t understand about social media manipulation," 2 Aug. 2019 The author of the petition argued that the customizable features of some dolls could be used to create copies of real people, a concern that Lee dismissed as unfounded. NBC News, "South Korea sex doll ruling arouses controversy among consumers," 2 Aug. 2019 That touched off a debate complete with unfounded anger, baseless accusations and personal attacks until everyone felt offended. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Is going to Disneyland or Disney World more fun without kids? Definitely. Here's why.," 2 Aug. 2019 The Wisconsin Innocence Project helped free him in 2009 after a panel of forensic experts called the dentists' conclusions in Stinson's case unfounded and when DNA tested from the victim's clothing did not match Stinson. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Settlement calls for Milwaukee to pay $7.5 million to man convicted based on bogus bite mark evidence," 11 July 2019 Tech experts have slammed the suit for echoing unfounded claims by prominent conservatives that big tech companies discriminate against their content — even going as far as to cite the claims in the filings, as NBC News’s Ben Collins pointed out. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Mueller testimony a reminder Congress hasn't passed bill targeting disinformation," 26 July 2019 In response, rival companies like MobiKwik, PayU, and FreeCharge said the outcry was unfounded. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Zuckerberg is so happy with WhatsApp payment’s run in India, he wants to take it places," 24 July 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of unfounded

formal : not based on facts or proof


un·​found·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈfau̇n-dəd How to pronounce unfounded (audio) \

Kids Definition of unfounded

: not based on facts or proof : groundless unfounded suspicions

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