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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Examples of unfounded in a Sentence

the accusation proved to be unfounded
Recent Examples on the Web Tasked with naming five Republicans to the committee earlier this week, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy included two, Jim Banks and Jim Jordan, who have both raised unfounded claims of fraud and illegality relating to the 2020 presidential election. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 22 July 2021 Finkenauer accuses Grassley of showing too much fealty to Trump, citing his near-silence on the former president's unfounded claims of widespread election fraud before the Jan. 6 insurrection. Thomas Beaumont, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 At issue were Paul's unfounded claims that the National Institutes of Health played a role in funding research that led to the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic. Rachel Janfaza, CNN, 20 July 2021 Carlson has used his influence to spread unfounded claims that have been embraced by many Republican leaders. Michael Kranish, Anchorage Daily News, 15 July 2021 The campaign for Proposition 187, a 1994 ballot initiative to deny state services to immigrants in the country illegally, included unfounded claims that large numbers of undocumented immigrants were illegally voting in California elections. Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021 The move comes as a number of Republican leaders across the country have continued to question the outcome of the 2020 election and cling to unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud. Sara Murray And Dianne Gallagher, CNN, 7 July 2021 Any election audit should be based on reasonable grounds, not an unfounded theory, because taxpayers should never be burdened with the cost of a political point-scoring exercise. William Cinfici, National Review, 29 June 2021 Why do unfounded claims about the Norse in America matter, beyond the simple desire to make history truthful? Gordon Campbell, Time, 29 June 2021

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First Known Use of unfounded

1648, in the meaning defined above

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“Unfounded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfounded. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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