Definition of baseless in US English:



  • 1Without foundation in fact.

    ‘baseless allegations’
    • ‘Mr Hoggart soon abandons his baseless allegations against innocent dogs, and reports on real questions (ie ones which had occurred to me).’
    • ‘Well, first of all, I must reject that baseless allegation.’
    • ‘Colin Powell says that the kidnapping allegations are ‘absolutely baseless, absurd’.’
    • ‘Gian refused to meet the police summons for questioning, saying that the allegations against him were baseless.’
    • ‘Now that Salon has backed away from the e-mail story, Krugman's allegations seem completely baseless.’
    • ‘Obviously it is not baseless, because the facts are here, in black and white.’
    • ‘Police has contested news report about the recovery of a stolen vehicle from police station Safakadal, terming it baseless and fabricated.’
    • ‘Tony Abbott certainly believes if you repeat it often enough a baseless assertion becomes fact.’
    • ‘I understand this is a lecture, and one aimed at lowly game developers, but the amount of almost baseless belief offered as fact is more than a little annoying.’
    • ‘Honestly and truthfully, I'd like to underline the point that your claim above is definitely baseless, misleading and untrue.’
    • ‘These questions are baseless and meaningless.’
    • ‘Mr Krishna had said Mr Gowda's 29-page letter to Mr Singh contained ‘wild and baseless allegations’.’
    • ‘I hereby clarify that this allegation is baseless and unsubstantiated.’
    • ‘He argued that this was confirmatory of the fact that their allegations against him were baseless and were designed to divert attention from their own misconduct.’
    • ‘But don't let that stop you from your baseless conjecture, Josh.’
    • ‘It is often vindictive, lying, erroneous, deceitful, baseless, and devoid of any fact.’
    • ‘The article is full of baseless facts with no specified source.’
    • ‘Wilson's baseless speculation did not accurately reflect the movement's activities in Uzbekistan or our program for reform.’
    • ‘However, Milne's claim that he published Freedland's piece as part of ‘a genuine pluralism of opinion’ is in fact baseless.’
    • ‘You know, when you take a country to war on particular grounds, and those grounds prove baseless, the ethical thing to do is to resign.’
    groundless, unfounded, unsubstantiated, unproven, unsupported, uncorroborated, untested, unconfirmed, unverified, unattested, unjustified, unwarranted, foundationless, ill-founded, without basis, without foundation, not backed up by evidence
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  • 2Architecture
    (of a column) not having a base between the shaft and pedestal.

    • ‘It is indeed difficult to believe that the plain, sturdy, baseless column of the latter order could have been developed out of the Mycenaean shaft.’
    • ‘Its parts—the simple, baseless columns, the spreading capitals, and the triglyph-metope frieze above the columns—constitute an aesthetic development in stone that incorporated variants on themes used in earlier wood and brick.’
    • ‘The simplicity of the original Doric baseless column even became the focal point in any discussion on the excellence of Greek art.’