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 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 Accusations of espionage are often found to be erroneous and ungrounded in science, then dropped. Alicia Lai, Scientific American, 22 Mar. 2021 Seeing the end does help explain the shallowness and heady ungrounded slickness of the previous five episodes. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 17 Feb. 2021 As part of Alaska’s recovery plan, Tilden has committed to renewing Alaska’s fleet with the newly ungrounded Boeing 737 MAX, getting rid of its less efficient Airbus A320s. Author: Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Jan. 2021 But those planes can’t be delivered until the plane is ungrounded. Dallas News, 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of ungrounded

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

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24 Jul 2021

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“Ungrounded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungrounded. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ungrounded

: not based on facts


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