un·​sup·​port·​ed | \ˌən-sə-ˈpȯr-təd \

Definition of unsupported 

: not supported: such as

a : not verified or substantiated an unsupported accusation an opinion unsupported by evidence

b : lacking or appearing to lack structural support unsupported panels

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One of our taller reviewers could not get comfortable, with his legs always at an angle and most of his thighs unsupported by the oddly short bottom cushions. Aaron Bragman, USA TODAY, "Review: Ford's revamped Expedition SUV moves to the front of the pack," 13 July 2018 What was more appalling than the majority’s weak and unsupported decision, though, was the manner in which this curious threesome conducted the public hearing. Jeffrey Harlan, latimes.com, "Costa Mesa City Council majority got it wrong by denying Plant project," 10 July 2018 President Trump's unsupported assertions that millions voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election have added to uneasiness among voting rights groups about what steps states might take to add voter requirements. CBS News, "Supreme Court to decide whether not voting can jeopardize a voter's future," 8 June 2018 President Trump’s unsupported assertions that millions voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election have added to uneasiness among voting rights groups about what steps states might take to add voter requirements. Washington Post, "Not voting could jeopardize future votes in some US states," 8 June 2018 Yet ambiguous claims involving spirituality and a sort of interpersonal energy transference are unsupported, and there’s an underlying implication that doubters are just spoilsports. Ken Jaworowski, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Doctor From India’ Pushes Nontraditional Medicine," 31 May 2018 The programs are unsupported by research, misguided about the safe handling of trauma, and generally lack adequate on-site mental health care. Karen De Sa, BostonGlobe.com, "Teens pushed to the brink at ‘leadership’ camps," 18 June 2018 Here’s a breakdown: 46 false or mostly false statements, 23 misleading statements and five unsupported claims. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Anatomy of a Trump rally: 76 percent of claims are false, misleading or lacking evidence," 10 July 2018 But in the end, his unsupported statements and his attorney’s twisted logic fooled no one. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Lawyer for the Brock Turner Judge Claims Victim Didn’t Write Her Viral Letter," 23 May 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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un·​sup·​port·​ed | \ˌən-sə-ˈpȯr-təd\

Kids Definition of unsupported

1 : not proved unsupported claims

2 : not held up The roof is unsupported in places.

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obstinately defiant of authority

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