adjective Date: 14th century not sound: as a. not healthy or whole <
an unsound horse
b. not mentally normal ; not wholly sane <
of unsound mind
c. not firmly made, placed, or fixed <
structurally unsound
d. not valid or true ; invalid, specious <
unsound beliefs
unsoundly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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