unsound

adjective
un·sound | \ˌən-ˈsau̇nd \

Definition of unsound 

: not sound: such as

a : not healthy or whole an unsound horse

b : not mentally normal : not wholly sane of unsound mind

c : not firmly made, placed, or fixed structurally unsound

d : not valid or true : invalid, specious unsound beliefs

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Other Words from unsound

unsoundly \ˌən-ˈsau̇n(d)-lē \ adverb

Examples of unsound in a Sentence

The roof is structurally unsound. disgruntled relatives tried to prove that the woman was of unsound mind when she made her will

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But the larger part for Democrats in Georgia is that their hope for revival is predicated on an unsound theory: That the level of Republican support among a shrinking percentage of white voters was relatively static. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Georgia's disappointing Democrats," 22 May 2018 As a legal question, experts say Trump’s proposition is unsound. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "President Trump’s misconceptions about immigration courts and law," 26 June 2018 The New York Department of Financial Services found that from 2007 to 2013, Deutsche Bank engaged in improper, unsafe, and unsound conduct in its currency trading business. BostonGlobe.com, "SHYFT Analytics to be acquird by New York company," 21 June 2018 The New York Times, the White House, America—are in fact built upon the softest of foundations: humans, messy and complicated and structurally unsound. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Fourth Estate in the Age of Bad Faith," 15 June 2018 Nowhere have the challenges been steeper than Big Thompson Canyon, where floodwaters scoured away not only pavements and guardrails but roadbeds and subsurface geology, effectively leaving sections of highway unsound and unsafe. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Colorado Charts a New Path Away from Floodwaters," 25 May 2018 Running allowed me to climb my way out of unsound, early recovery and onto more stable ground, with confidence. Louise Green, SELF, "5 Ways Fitness Helped Me Recover From Addiction," 17 May 2018 The Board of Supervisors in 2015 rejected a proposal to build a new jail and replace the seismically unsound facilities at the Hall of Justice. Evan Sernoffsky, San Francisco Chronicle, "Public defender’s new pretrial release program slashes SF jail stays: Study," 15 May 2018 Some welcomed the pullout, believing the 2015 accord was unsound, but others worried the U.S. was now in the position of reneging on an international commitment and without a backup plan. Lisa Mascaro, Fox News, "Congressional leaders mixed on Trump withdrawal of Iran deal," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of unsound

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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unsound

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unsound

: not based on truth or logic : not showing good judgment

: poorly built or in bad condition

unsound

adjective
un·sound | \ˌən-ˈsau̇nd \

Kids Definition of unsound

1 : not based on good reasoning or truth an unsound argument unsound advice

2 : not firmly made or placed an unsound building

3 : not healthy or in good condition unsound teeth

4 : being or having a mind that is not normal

unsound

adjective
un·sound | \-ˈsau̇nd \

Medical Definition of unsound 

: not sound: as

a : not healthy or whole an unsound limb an unsound horse

b : not mentally normal : not wholly sane of unsound mind

c : not fit to be eaten unsound food

Other Words from unsound

unsoundness noun

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unsound

adjective
un·sound | \ˌən-ˈsau̇nd \

Legal Definition of unsound 

: not sound: as

a : not healthy or whole

b : not mentally normal : not wholly sane of unsound mind

c : not firmly made, placed, or fixed

d : not valid or true an unsound argument

Other Words from unsound

unsoundly adverb
unsoundness noun

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