un·​ground·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈgrau̇n-dəd How to pronounce ungrounded (audio) \

Definition of ungrounded

1a : lacking a sound basis for belief, action, or argument : not provided with a reason or justification Ungrounded in fact, such conjecture gives the reader no insight into the life of the subject …— Michiko Kakutani : groundless an ungrounded accusation
b : lacking basic information : uninstructed They are not wrongheaded … so much as hazily over-optimistic, ungrounded in what Europe really is, and governed by wishful thinking.— Nicholas Fraser
2 : not connected electrically with the ground an ungrounded outlet

Examples of ungrounded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ideas like Fuller’s—optimistic, far-reaching, ungrounded in politics and material reality—can do anything and everything, this book insists. Rebecca Onion, The New Republic, 19 Aug. 2022 Management is so amorphous that the workers’ perspectives feel arbitrary and ungrounded. Stephen Kearse, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2022 But this understanding of the root causes of informality and the benefits of formalization is ungrounded. Mike Rogan, Quartz, 10 Nov. 2021 Word had travelled like an ungrounded current around the small country and through the family’s large circle of friends; many people knew about Uri’s death before his parents did. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 White Christians' numbers declining Behind this weakness for ungrounded political fantasy is an implacable demographic reality: White Christians have been relentlessly declining as a share of America's population. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, 13 July 2021 In April, just months after the plane was ungrounded late last year, several major airlines took some of the planes out of service again due to a potential electrical issue. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 That said, doing crown chakra work without balancing it with the root chakra can leave you feeling ungrounded. Precious Lee, Vogue, 15 Apr. 2021 Just months after the Boeing 737 Max was ungrounded following two fatal crashes, major airlines are taking some of the planes out of service again due to a potential electrical issue. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ungrounded

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Ungrounded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungrounded. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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