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Having no ground or foundation; unsubstantiated: groundless optimism. See Synonyms at baseless.

ground′less·ly adv.
ground′less·ness n.
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Noun1.groundlessness - the quality of lacking substance or value; "the groundlessness of their report was quickly recognized"
worthlessness, ineptitude - having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful; "the drill sergeant's intent was to convince all the recruits of their worthlessness"
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On this subject we had long and animated discussions -- he maintaining the utter groundlessness of faith in such matters, -- I contending that a popular sentiment arising with absolute spontaneity- that is to say, without apparent traces of suggestion -- had in itself the unmistakable elements of truth, and was entitled to as much respect as that intuition which is the idiosyncrasy of the individual man of genius.
And yet, when he made Dounia his offer, he was fully aware of the groundlessness of all the gossip.
In the letter Armenias policy of aggression and occupation against Azerbaijan and its consequences, international legal responsibility of Armenia for wrongful acts, resolutions and decisions of UN Security Council and other international organizations, as well as humanitarian and other aspects of the conflict, illegal economic and other activities in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and third party responsibility for such actions with fundamental facts were explained in detailed manner and in this context, groundlessness of Armenias assertions was exposed once again.
S appealed against that sentence, criticizing it for illegality and groundlessness.
One hears from the beginning how Meister's vision of human existence is grounded in this ohne Grund ("without Ground") or groundlessness, this Nothing, in which we dangle.
Perhaps very soon I might realize a groundlessness from all this corporate slag while not diminishing the pedestrian.
Without this Ring--and recall that this Ring is an emblem for his own narratival self-creation--Sauron is exposed to the horror of relation and the groundlessness of his being.
Epistemic Angst: Radical Skepticism and the Groundlessness of Our Believing
As she already implied in her Kafka essay, the "Jewish spirit" epitomized the experience of existential groundlessness, a fate the Jews now shared with all Western Europeans.
The discomfort associated with groundlessness, with the fundamental ambiguity of being human," writes American Buddhist Nun Pema ChE[micro]drE[micro]n in her book "Living Beautifully", "comes from our attachment to wanting things to be a certain way.
Those examples illustrate both the danger to education and groundlessness of OCR's unprecedented federal intrusion.