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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Recent Examples on the Web In the best-case scenario, where the Max is ungrounded this summer, Boeing over the next couple of years will ship less than two-thirds of the huge volumes forecast before the onset of the pandemic. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "6 reasons Boeing’s financial picture may be brighter than most assume," 20 June 2020 So here’s an example of an ungrounded assumption that then becomes a source of comfort about longer term prospects, that simply has no good basis in scientific experience. Richard Tofel, ProPublica, "“Our Goal Should Be to Crush the Curve”," 26 Mar. 2012 Muilenburg repeatedly expressed intentions to stay until the Max was ungrounded. Mina Kaji, ABC News, "1 year after the Ethiopian Air Flight 302 crash, questions remain as to when Boeing's 737 Max will fly again," 10 Mar. 2020 But Southwest’s board of directors is still committed to a review of its fleet strategy after the Max is ungrounded, Kelly said. Dallas News, "Southwest Airlines’ ‘bet-the-company decision:' Should it stick with Boeing’s 737?," 19 Feb. 2020 But even those cautious expectations are based on Boeing’s guidance that the plane will be ungrounded sometime this summer. Dallas News, "American Airlines joins United, Southwest in extending 737 Max delays," 14 Feb. 2020 On Sunday night, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement accusing the U.S. of trying to mislead the public and ‘‘spreading a completely ungrounded story that both sides are open to meet’’ again. BostonGlobe.com, "SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Sunday that it won’t meet with the United States for more ‘‘sickening negotiations’’ unless it abandons its ‘‘hostile policy’’ against the North, as the two countries offered different takes on their weekend nuclear talks in Sweden.," 7 Oct. 2019 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

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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 15 Aug. 2020.

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: not based on facts

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