Definition of unsubstantiated in English:



  • Not supported or proven by evidence.

    ‘unsubstantiated claims’
    • ‘The county council has always maintained that these claims are unsubstantiated.’
    • ‘Another disquieting feature of the assessment report is the unsubstantiated claims of illness provided by the mother.’
    • ‘Indeed, he did not himself acknowledge that he had recycled an unsubstantiated claim without any evidence that it was true.’
    • ‘There have been unsubstantiated claims of low-level intimidation in Dublin through this canvass.’
    • ‘This article is loaded with ex cathedra statements, unsubstantiated claims, and inaccuracies.’
    • ‘Last month he was given leave by a court in California to sue the Illinois-based lawyer of a woman who made unsubstantiated rape claims against him.’
    • ‘However the research establishment simply see unsubstantiated claims, and a lack of scientific rigour.’
    • ‘Now that they have lost that argument, they have moved on to unsubstantiated claims of financial ruin for pubs.’
    • ‘Educational personnel were the single most likely group to make unsubstantiated claims of child abuse.’
    • ‘People in the public eye, he says, are never allowed to forget even unsubstantiated claims of wrong-doing.’
    • ‘Such outlandish and unsubstantiated claims should provoke skepticism in all but the most gullible.’
    • ‘They argued his claim was unsubstantiated and, even if true, had been calculated incorrectly.’
    • ‘Companies often make wild and unsubstantiated claims about their products.’
    • ‘With the flamboyant, unsubstantiated claims come exaggerated insults directed at anyone who criticises or questions his work.’
    • ‘There are many unsubstantiated claims out there, and skeptics cannot possibly evaluate all of them.’
    • ‘The US government has placed blame on the magazine for printing an unsubstantiated and uncorroborated story of this magnitude.’
    • ‘Complaints revolved around the completely unsubstantiated claims of 70 per cent absorption.’
    • ‘The Web site is filled with extraordinary but unsubstantiated claims regarding their cipher.’
    • ‘He said there were allegations that the teacher may have struck out at the pupil first, but this claim was unsubstantiated.’
    • ‘He has built his academic career on unsubstantiated claims that he is a Native American.’
    unconfirmed, unsupported, uncorroborated, not backed up by evidence, unverified, unattested, unproven, not validated, untested
    unfounded, ill-founded, groundless, baseless, without basis, without foundation, unjustified, unwarranted, unjustifiable, unreasonable
    speculative, conjectural, assumed, presumed
    questionable, open to question, disputable, debatable
    unreliable, untrustworthy, dubious, doubtful, tenuous, spurious, suspect, flimsy, weak, nebulous, unsound, undependable
    unestablished, suppositious, suppositive
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