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

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The response claimed that the complaint was unfounded because MacGilpin’s position had not required him to work nine months out of the year, or 1,000 hours per year. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "West Hartford poised to settle pension suit with former school pediatrician," 4 July 2019 Google wanted to show that those concerns about lag time were unfounded. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Hands On With Google’s Stadia Video Game-Streaming Service," 14 June 2019 In January, Acosta deemed the abuse allegation unfounded and returned the boy to his home without seeking a second medical opinion from a child abuse pediatrician, according to state records. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "DCFS investigator under review in AJ Freund case faced prior discipline, sits on McHenry County Board," 24 June 2019 Those folders would be purged of unresolved or unfounded complaints every time the educator moved to a different building or a new principal took over. oregonlive.com, "Teachers union, Portland Public Schools agree to change filing practices that allowed educator to dodge sexual misconduct allegations for years," 21 June 2019 That turned out to be unfounded when Google unveiled the Pixel 3 during its NYC event. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google shows off the Pixel 4's dual camera after leaks surface," 12 June 2019 After reviewing the reports, the LAPD determined 176 were unfounded and the remaining 172 indicated behavior that could suggest planning related to terrorism or other criminal activity. Mark Puente, latimes.com, "Commissioners and critics question LAPD’s reports on suspected terrorist activity," 11 June 2019 The school called the criticisms unfounded and said the girls had been used by adults with an ax to grind against the school. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Graduation gone bad: Salutatorians rip their Detroit charter school," 10 June 2019 Many of the reports were determined to be unfounded or inactive/suspended, records show. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Sister of woman accused of supporting ISIS shares her family's story: 'I've always been there for her'," 7 June 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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to complain fretfully

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