Definition of unsubstantiated in English:



  • Not supported or proven by evidence:

    ‘unsubstantiated claims’
    • ‘The US government has placed blame on the magazine for printing an unsubstantiated and uncorroborated story of this magnitude.’
    • ‘This article is loaded with ex cathedra statements, unsubstantiated claims, and inaccuracies.’
    • ‘He has built his academic career on unsubstantiated claims that he is a Native American.’
    • ‘Educational personnel were the single most likely group to make unsubstantiated claims of child abuse.’
    • ‘However the research establishment simply see unsubstantiated claims, and a lack of scientific rigour.’
    • ‘Companies often make wild and unsubstantiated claims about their products.’
    • ‘The Web site is filled with extraordinary but unsubstantiated claims regarding their cipher.’
    • ‘Another disquieting feature of the assessment report is the unsubstantiated claims of illness provided by the mother.’
    • ‘Such outlandish and unsubstantiated claims should provoke skepticism in all but the most gullible.’
    • ‘There have been unsubstantiated claims of low-level intimidation in Dublin through this canvass.’
    • ‘Indeed, he did not himself acknowledge that he had recycled an unsubstantiated claim without any evidence that it was true.’
    • ‘Now that they have lost that argument, they have moved on to unsubstantiated claims of financial ruin for pubs.’
    • ‘He said there were allegations that the teacher may have struck out at the pupil first, but this claim was unsubstantiated.’
    • ‘People in the public eye, he says, are never allowed to forget even unsubstantiated claims of wrong-doing.’
    • ‘There are many unsubstantiated claims out there, and skeptics cannot possibly evaluate all of them.’
    • ‘They argued his claim was unsubstantiated and, even if true, had been calculated incorrectly.’
    • ‘Complaints revolved around the completely unsubstantiated claims of 70 per cent absorption.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The county council has always maintained that these claims are unsubstantiated.’
    • ‘With the flamboyant, unsubstantiated claims come exaggerated insults directed at anyone who criticises or questions his work.’
    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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