un·​sound·​ness | \ ˌən-ˈsau̇n(d)-nəs How to pronounce unsoundness (audio) \

Definition of unsoundness

1 : the quality or state of being unsound
2 : something (such as a disease, injury, or defect) that causes one to be unsound

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Examples of unsoundness in a Sentence

the overall unsoundness of her health in her last years greatly limited what she could do
Recent Examples on the Web In looking back at the history of Emtech, the colt who suffered a catastrophic breakdown in Saturday’s eighth race, it was discovered that he was once placed on the Veterinarian’s List because of unsoundness. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Finishing up Los Al stewards’ rulings," 30 Sep. 2019 Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes near the Oroville Dam, because of the threat of imminent flooding due to structural unsoundness. Mercury News Readers, The Mercury News, "Feb. 15 letters: Oroville shows California’s misplaced priorities," 14 Feb. 2017 In 2015, 66 trees were removed by city crews because of poor health or unsoundness. Debbie Arrington, sacbee.com, "New Oaks for Land Park – along with some tender loving care," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of unsoundness

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unsoundness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsoundness. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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