unsubstantiated

adjective
un·​sub·​stan·​ti·​at·​ed | \ ˌən-səb-ˈstan(t)-shē-ˌā-təd How to pronounce unsubstantiated (audio) \

Definition of unsubstantiated

: not proven to be true : not substantiated an unsubstantiated rumor/report a plausible but unsubstantiated theory

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Recent Examples on the Web Complicating matters even more are several unsubstantiated claims that McCain’s co-hosts are not currently on speaking terms with her. Mekita Rivas, refinery29.com, "All The Signs That Meghan McCain Might Be Leaving The View," 10 Jan. 2020 In September of that year, Goop paid $145,000 in civil penalties to settle a lawsuit brought by 10 state prosecutors alleging that the company was making unsubstantiated, harmful health claims. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Goop’s Netflix trailer: Paltrow sinks into a vagina, spews pseudoscience," 6 Jan. 2020 Consider: The Times has found more than $800 million in federal contracts awarded to companies whose owners made unsubstantiated claims to be Native American, although the total is almost certainly higher. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: This $800 million was meant for Native Americans. But...," 2 Jan. 2020 Their efforts to press Ukrainian officials to investigate unsubstantiated charges against the Bidens have propelled Trump to the brink of impeachment. BostonGlobe.com, "“You have to be whiter than snow, or the whole world will abandon you,” Biden told the country’s newly elected president, Petro Poroshenko, during an early 2014 phone call, according to former administration officials.," 11 Nov. 2019 Their efforts to press Ukrainian officials to investigate unsubstantiated charges against the Bidens have propelled Mr. Trump to the brink of impeachment. New York Times, "What Joe Biden Actually Did in Ukraine," 10 Nov. 2019 The charges ratified Friday accuse the president of pressuring Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, his political rival, and an unsubstantiated theory that Democrats conspired with Ukraine to interfere in the 2016 election. BostonGlobe.com, "Impeachment charges sent to House, full vote expected next week - The Boston Globe," 15 Dec. 2019 The charges ratified Friday accuse the president of pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, his political rival, and an unsubstantiated theory that Democrats conspired with Ukraine to interfere in the 2016 election. Arkansas Online, "Impeachment charges sent to House," 14 Dec. 2019 Conspiracy theory has taken root with some conservatives Some conservatives have promoted an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that Ukraine has Democratic National Committee servers that were hacked or otherwise interfered in the 2016 election. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What you need to know about Ron Johnson, Donald Trump and the impeachment inquiry," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of unsubstantiated

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsubstantiated was circa 1775

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27 Jan 2020

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“Unsubstantiated.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsubstantiated. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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unsubstantiated

adjective
How to pronounce unsubstantiated (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unsubstantiated

formal : not proven to be true

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