unfounded

adjective
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 Those fears are unfounded, according to UBS Group AG. Berber Jin, Bloomberg.com, "Rich Investors Will Be Fine If Biden Hikes Taxes, UBS Says," 31 July 2020 Reports said the allegation was determined to be unfounded. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Police investigate suspected drug activity: Medina Police Blotter," 13 July 2020 The Pentagon did a review and found that any suggestion of misconduct was unfounded. Robert Burns And Lolita C. Baldor, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pentagon leaders to testify on use of military during unrest," 9 July 2020 Twitter is beginning to fact-check Trump’s posts, including one that made unfounded claims that mail-in voting would lead to fraud. Amanda Seitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms," 5 July 2020 Trump’s posts, including one that made unfounded claims that mail-in voting would lead to fraud. Washington Post, "Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms," 4 July 2020 Election officials in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah pushed back on the president’s unfounded claims about vote by mail fraud. Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica, "Electionland 2020: Florida Felons Case, Drive-Thru Voting, Voter Registration and More," 3 July 2020 The allegation was investigated and determined to be unfounded. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Alexander Vindman, key impeachment inquiry witness, to retire from the military," 8 July 2020 According to Sonja Greiner of the European Choral Association-Europa Cantat (ECA-EC), an umbrella group for choirs, rumours of super-spreading at rehearsals were unfounded. The Economist, "Voices off Choral singing has been hit hard by the pandemic," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of unfounded

1648, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unfounded was in 1648

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“Unfounded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfounded. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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unfounded

adjective
How to pronounce unfounded (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unfounded

formal : not based on facts or proof

unfounded

adjective
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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