adjective Date: 1648 lacking a sound basis ; groundless, unwarranted <
an unfounded accusation

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Unfounded — Un*found ed, a. 1. Not founded; not built or established. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Having no foundation; baseless; vain; idle; as, unfounded expectations. Paley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unfounded — I adjective baseless, empty, erroneous, fabricated, fallacious, false, fictitious, fictus, fraudulent, groundless, idle, illogical, insubstantial, invented, spurious, suppositional, supposititious, trumped up, unattested, unauthenticated,… …   Law dictionary

  • unfounded — 1640s, having no foundation or basis, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + pp. of FOUND (Cf. found) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • unfounded — *baseless, groundless, unwarranted Analogous words: *false, wrong: *misleading, deceptive: mendacious, *dishonest, untruthful …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • unfounded — [adj] not based on fact baseless, bottomless, deceptive, fabricated, fallacious, false, foundationless, gratuitous, groundless, idle, illogical, mendacious, misleading, offbase, spurious, trumped up*, uncalled for, unjustified, unproven, unreal,… …   New thesaurus

  • unfounded — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having no foundation or basis in fact …   English terms dictionary

  • unfounded — [unfoun′did] adj. not founded on fact or truth; baseless …   English World dictionary

  • unfounded — un|found|ed [ʌnˈfaundıd] adj unfounded statements, feelings, opinions etc are wrong because they are not based on facts unfounded rumours/claims/allegations etc ▪ Unfounded rumours began circulating that Ian and Susan were having an affair. prove …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • unfounded — [[t]ʌ̱nfa͟ʊndɪd[/t]] ADJ If you describe a rumour, belief, or feeling as unfounded, you mean that it is wrong and is not based on facts or evidence. There were unfounded rumours of alcohol abuse... The allegations were totally unfounded...… …   English dictionary

  • unfounded — adj. VERBS ▪ be, prove ▪ seem ADVERB ▪ completely, entirely, quite, simply (esp. AmE) …   Collocations dictionary

  • unfounded — unfoundedly, adv. unfoundedness, n. /un fown did/, adj. 1. without foundation; not based on fact, realistic considerations, or the like: unfounded suspicions. 2. not established; not founded: the prophet of a religion as yet unfounded. [1640 50;… …   Universalium

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