unfounded


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un·found·ed

 (ŭn-foun′dĭd)
adj.
Not based on fact or sound evidence; groundless: an unfounded allegation of wrongdoing. See Synonyms at baseless.

un·found′ed·ly adv.
un·found′ed·ness n.
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unfounded

(ʌnˈfaʊndɪd)
adj
1. (of ideas, allegations, etc) baseless; groundless
2. not yet founded or established
unˈfoundedly adv
unˈfoundedness n
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un•found•ed

(ʌnˈfaʊn dɪd)

adj.
1. not based on fact or reality; without foundation; groundless.
2. not established; not founded.
[1640–50]
un•found′ed•ly, adv.
un•found′ed•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unfounded - without a basis in reason or fact; "baseless gossip"; "the allegations proved groundless"; "idle fears"; "unfounded suspicions"; "unwarranted jealousy"
unsupported - not sustained or maintained by nonmaterial aid; "unsupported accusations"
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unfounded

adjective groundless, false, unjustified, unproven, unsubstantiated, idle, fabricated, spurious, trumped up, baseless, without foundation, without basis The allegations were totally unfounded.
proven, confirmed, justified, verified, factual, attested, substantiated
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unfounded

adjective
Having no basis or foundation in fact:
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Translations
لا أساس له من الصِّحَّه
neopodstatněnýnepodložený
ubegrundet
perusteeton
tilefnislaus, staîlaus
nedibinātsnepamatots

unfounded

[ˈʌnˈfaʊndɪd] ADJinfundado, sin fundamento
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unfounded

[ˌʌnˈfaʊndɪd] adj [rumours, allegations, fears] → sans fondement
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unfounded

adjunbegründet, nicht fundiert; suspicion alsogrundlos; rumour also, allegationsaus der Luft gegriffen; to prove (to be) unfoundedsich als unbegründet or grundlos erweisen
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unfounded

[ʌnˈfaʊndɪd] adjinfondato/a, senza fondamento
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unfounded

(anˈfaundid) adjective
not based on facts or reality. The rumours are completely unfounded.
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References in classic literature ?
This bold experiment upon the discernment of his countrymen has been hazarded by a writer who (whatever may be his real merit) has had no inconsiderable share in the applauses of his party[1]; and who, upon this false and unfounded suggestion, has built a series of observations equally false and unfounded.
I fancy I tried to convey to him my (utterly unfounded) impression that the West Indies awaited my coming.
She had soon the mortification of seeing Mr Elliot withdraw, and no one of proper condition has since presented himself to raise even the unfounded hopes which sunk with him.
I mentioned to you before that my expectation of rough usage, in consequence of my German nationality, had proved completely unfounded. No one seems to know or to care what my nationality is, and I am treated, on the contrary, with the civility which is the portion of every traveller who pays the bill without scanning the items too narrowly.
The explanation of this strange fact given by Russian military historians (to the effect that Kutuzov hindered an attack) is unfounded, for we know that he could not restrain the troops from attacking at Vyazma and Tarutino.
- Surely, then, her hopes are not unfounded; and I have one bright spot, at least, whereon to rest my thoughts.
"You see," continued Miss Higginbotham, with a smile, "that this strange story is quite unfounded as to myself; and I believe I may affirm it to be equally so in regard to my dear uncle Higginbotham.
The sweetness of the picture, and the relief of knowing that his fears of "trouble" with Zeena were unfounded, sent up his spirits with a rush, and he, who was usually so silent, whistled and sang aloud as he drove through the snowy fields.
He had not heard her divorce spoken of since Janey's first random allusion to it, and had dismissed the tale as unfounded gossip.
It was a morbid fear, and, as events turned out, an unfounded fear: but I was unable to control it.
Now tell me--if he really try, in that way, to renew your unfounded suspicion of an innocent woman, will that shake your confidence in your own opinion?"
Is it not enough that I should have suffered as I have, night and day; that I should almost have sunk in my own estimation from very shame of having been brought into contact with such people; but must I also be exposed to this unjust and most unfounded charge!'