Definition of groundless in English:



  • Not based on any good reason.

    ‘your fears are quite groundless’
    • ‘This may be a groundless, purely ‘felt’ fear, like the dread of letting oneself fall back into someone's arms.’
    • ‘‘Nothing sticks so fast in the mind as a groundless sense of guilt,’ Kafka added.’
    • ‘Fears that a new case had been found in Horton-in-Ribblesdale proved groundless earlier this week when posthumous tests proved negative.’
    • ‘The substance of his claims for protection for actors and cheap drugs was either groundless or questionable.’
    • ‘They see the book as ‘underpinned by groundless fears and moral panic’.’
    • ‘Accusations of having received US funding were groundless, the movement's leaders have repeatedly said.’
    • ‘But he harbours an irrational and groundless suspicion that his newly-wed wife will have an affair.’
    • ‘Fears of a whitewash might well prove groundless.’
    • ‘And, to cap it all, after berating the press for running groundless, unsourced rumours, you end on one yourself.’
    • ‘It's groundless, it's baseless, it's something which we don't do and will never do.’
    • ‘Indeed the fact that such apparently groundless claims are being banded around suggests that, for some at least, the term has already taken on a new meaning.’
    • ‘The final, however, was worthy of the occasion and the fears that Germany would reduce the game to a mindless bore proved groundless.’
    • ‘Whether it is a matter of giving to charity, sticking to duty or insisting on our rights, we can be confused or paralysed by the fear that our principles are groundless.’
    • ‘They have realized that their pain and suffering are groundless and empty in nature.’
    • ‘In both cases, the fear was neither groundless nor unreasonable.’
    • ‘The worst cases can lead to agoraphobia or other crippling effects and are very sad because the anxieties and fears which cause so much trouble are usually groundless.’
    • ‘Well, any position can be made to seem groundless if one simply doesn't cite some of the strongest arguments in its defense.’
    • ‘And he said he would not be discouraged by such groundless slander and unreasonable allegations and would ignore them.’
    • ‘Fear of death seems to me to be a phobia, i.e. an unreasonable, groundless fear.’
    • ‘My assertion is by no means groundless if we take into account our 1.3 billion population and per capita arable land.’
    baseless, without basis, without foundation, foundationless, ill-founded, unfounded, unsupported, uncorroborated, unproven, not backed up, empty, idle, vain, chimerical, imaginary, illusory, false, unsubstantiated, unwarranted, unjustified, unjustifiable, uncalled for, unprovoked, without cause, without reason, without justification, unreasonable, irrational, illogical, unsound, unreliable, questionable, misguided, spurious, specious, fallacious, erroneous
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Old English grundlēas (see ground, -less).