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

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The problem, which is unrelated to the Takata airbag-inflator recalls, involves inadvertent deployment of ungrounded driver’s-side airbags without warning. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Mercedes-Benz Recalls 495,000 Cars for Accidental Airbag Deployment," 24 Oct. 2017 In a country where few had clean water, adequate sanitation, or immunity to the disease, experts knew the waterborne infection could rip through the island like lightning through an ungrounded swimming pool. Jonathan M. Katz, Slate Magazine, "What They Knew, and When They Knew It," 30 Mar. 2017 But poetry has an unusually large and ungrounded metaphoric scope. David Orr, New York Times, "After Dylan’s Nobel, What Makes a Poet a Poet?," 24 Mar. 2017 During a rainy soundcheck prior to a 1972 concert, Harvey was electrocuted on stage after touching a microphone that was connected to an ungrounded amplifier. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Forty years gone: I was 12 when a Led Zeppelin concert turned into a riot," 3 June 2017

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First Known Use of ungrounded

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

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: not based on facts

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