Definition of ungrounded in English:

ungrounded

adjective

  • 1Having no basis or justification; unfounded.

    ‘ungrounded fears’
    • ‘The exclamation mark suggests her fear is ungrounded, but the grandfather's answer is emphatic and direct.’
    • ‘The idea the liberals lack morals and are the cause of the breakdown of civilization is factually and historically ungrounded.’
    • ‘‘The scientific claims that they make to justify discouraging the treatment are ungrounded,’ he adds.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the people on the other side of the fight are often those who build their case on third-hand information and ungrounded fears.’
    • ‘Fair enough; ungrounded rhetoric does little good.’
    • ‘But the assertion is ungrounded, and just plain silly.’
    • ‘He then proceeded, with carefully chosen facts and figures, to argue quite persuasively that all of these fears are ungrounded.’
    • ‘However similar fears before the introduction of the current tuition fee proved ungrounded.’
    • ‘Questioning doctrine and the trappings of religion doesn't mean that Jones' work should be read as sacrilegious or spiritually ungrounded.’
    • ‘At a meeting on July 11 the Government analysed in detail the Russian position and reached the decision that it was ungrounded and with no legal or factual basis.’
    • ‘Such ‘laws’ appear ungrounded on any principle or necessity.’
    • ‘This proposed model for understanding the evolution of feathers is rife with ungrounded assumptions and unsupported conclusions.’
    • ‘These ungrounded rumors wildly combine incongruous prejudices and fears that seem to have no source but are always a repetition of someone else's repetition.’
    • ‘We can let all the other imprecise statements and ungrounded assertions go, but you should at least try to address these points.’
    • ‘So the Minister can certainly take a call and take an opportunity of satisfying me that my fears are ungrounded.’
    • ‘Although some patients cite potential addiction as a reason for rejecting painkillers, Jamison says such fears are ungrounded.’
    • ‘‘We think the petition is ungrounded because we have done nothing different than what has been done in the previous few years,’ he said.’
    • ‘Nothing is truly comparable to this Russian holiday based on unfounded expectations and ungrounded hopes culminating in one night of absolute happiness.’
    • ‘All of these worries may, of course, be totally ungrounded.’
    • ‘As he has recently shown, the planters' fears were ungrounded.’
    untenable, flawed, defective, faulty, ill-founded, flimsy, weak, shaky, unreliable, questionable, dubious, tenuous, suspect, illogical, irrational, unfounded, unsubstantiated, unsupported, specious, hollow, spurious, false, fallacious, fallible, erroneous, wrong, sophistic, casuistic
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  • 2Not electrically earthed.

    ‘an ungrounded screen can act as an antenna’
    • ‘A 30-year-old employee in an elevated basket came in contact with an ungrounded incoming power line energized by induced voltage from a nearby conductor.’
    • ‘During the subsequent refueling from a Naval fuel dump at that location, an electrical spark jumped from the ungrounded bilge pump to the fuel on the trailing edge of the wing, causing the edge and both ailerons to be destroyed.’
    • ‘Isolated, ungrounded power systems may allow leakage currents, also known as hazard currents, to flow from the power system to the ground.’
    • ‘A friend suggested that I replace the ungrounded outlets in my bathroom with GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) outlets for added safety.’
  • 3ungrounded inNot properly instructed or proficient in (a subject or activity).

Pronunciation

ungrounded

/ʌnˈɡraʊndɪd/