Definition of ungrounded in US English:

ungrounded

adjective

  • 1Having no basis or justification; unfounded.

    ‘ungrounded fears’
    • ‘‘We think the petition is ungrounded because we have done nothing different than what has been done in the previous few years,’ he said.’
    • ‘Fair enough; ungrounded rhetoric does little good.’
    • ‘So the Minister can certainly take a call and take an opportunity of satisfying me that my fears are ungrounded.’
    • ‘We can let all the other imprecise statements and ungrounded assertions go, but you should at least try to address these points.’
    • ‘However similar fears before the introduction of the current tuition fee proved ungrounded.’
    • ‘The exclamation mark suggests her fear is ungrounded, but the grandfather's answer is emphatic and direct.’
    • ‘‘The scientific claims that they make to justify discouraging the treatment are ungrounded,’ he adds.’
    • ‘Although some patients cite potential addiction as a reason for rejecting painkillers, Jamison says such fears are ungrounded.’
    • ‘But the assertion is ungrounded, and just plain silly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nothing is truly comparable to this Russian holiday based on unfounded expectations and ungrounded hopes culminating in one night of absolute happiness.’
    • ‘He then proceeded, with carefully chosen facts and figures, to argue quite persuasively that all of these fears are ungrounded.’
    • ‘All of these worries may, of course, be totally ungrounded.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the people on the other side of the fight are often those who build their case on third-hand information and ungrounded fears.’
    • ‘Such ‘laws’ appear ungrounded on any principle or necessity.’
    • ‘Questioning doctrine and the trappings of religion doesn't mean that Jones' work should be read as sacrilegious or spiritually ungrounded.’
    • ‘As he has recently shown, the planters' fears were ungrounded.’
    • ‘The idea the liberals lack morals and are the cause of the breakdown of civilization is factually and historically 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 grounded.

    • ‘A friend suggested that I replace the ungrounded outlets in my bathroom with GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) outlets for added safety.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Isolated, ungrounded power systems may allow leakage currents, also known as hazard currents, to flow from the power system to the ground.’
  • 3ungrounded inpredicative Not properly instructed or proficient in (a subject or activity).

Pronunciation

ungrounded

/ˌənˈɡraʊndəd//ˌənˈɡroundəd/