unfounded

adjective

un·​found·​ed ˌən-ˈfau̇n-dəd How to pronounce unfounded (audio)
: lacking a sound basis : groundless, unwarranted
an unfounded accusation

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Example Sentences

the accusation proved to be unfounded
Recent Examples on the Web Dear Avoiding: Your reaction was not unfounded, but your overreaction is. Amy Dickinson, Chicago Tribune, 17 Sep. 2022 Dear Avoiding: Your reaction was not unfounded, but your overreaction is. Amy Dickinson, cleveland, 17 Sep. 2022 Dear Avoiding: Your reaction was not unfounded, but your overreaction is. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 17 Sep. 2022 In reality, eSIMs have been widely available for four years, and the fears of mass carrier switching have proven to be unfounded. Bob O'donnell, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2022 The hospital received a bomb threat on the night of Aug. 30, which was determined to be unfounded after responding officers found no explosive device. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2022 Presumably out of the unfounded fear that their America would be replaced by hordes of yellow people. Curtis Chin, Bon Appétit, 22 June 2022 The group’s leader, David McIntosh, says the concern about a repeat of 2010 is unfounded fear, and blamed the concern on the party’s moderates. Michael Scherer And Mike Debonis, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2021 This unfounded fear isn't new, vaccine expert and pediatrician Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, the chief of Stanford University School of Medicine's division of pediatric infectious diseases, told CNN earlier this year. Brandon Tensley, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 25 Sep. 2022.

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unfounded

adjective

un·​found·​ed ˌən-ˈfau̇n-dəd How to pronounce unfounded (audio)
: not based on facts or proof : groundless
unfounded suspicions

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