un·​ground·​ed ˌən-ˈgrau̇n-dəd How to pronounce ungrounded (audio)
: 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
: 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
: not connected electrically with the ground
an ungrounded outlet

Examples of ungrounded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One $5 cable—since discontinued on Amazon—has no shielding, an ungrounded and non-reinforced shell, rubber strain relief, and has the pins running straight to the wires, with no board in between. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 18 Oct. 2023 My shame is not ungrounded. Ginny Hogan, The Atlantic, 15 Nov. 2021 Just an ungrounded hunch. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Oct. 2021 Whether the fears are warranted or ungrounded, Congress isn’t even having the right debate, according to Senate Finance Committee chair Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon. WIRED, 23 Feb. 2023 The title stems from one of her dad’s favorite Grateful Dead lyrics, shared during a text message poetry exchange that started when Chisholm felt particularly ungrounded in Australia. Kat Bein, SPIN, 15 Feb. 2023 Even Reddit is helping Trump successfully spread ungrounded conspiracies about ballot-stuffing in Arizona. WIRED, 23 Oct. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of ungrounded was in the 14th century

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“Ungrounded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungrounded. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: not instructed or informed
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