baseless


baseless
baseless, groundless, unfounded, unwarranted mean not justified or justifiable in any way.
Baseless implies an entire lack of foundation; it imputes to a thing lack of actuality in itself or in the events or facts upon which it is supposedly based
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the baseless fabric of this vision— Shak.

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he proved the rumors baseless

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no claim could have been more utterly baselessJ. R. Green

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Groundless stresses the absence of a cause or reason; it is applied especially to thoughts, emotions, or feelings that arise seemingly from nothing and have no perceptible or justifying cause
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groundless fears

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groundless suspicions

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Unfounded sometimes implies baselessness but more often suggests lack of support or want of evidence, authority, or proof
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his theory is not entirely unfounded

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an unfounded belief

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Unwarranted emphasizes the fact of exceeding the bounds of what is authorized, sanctioned, believable, or reasonable
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the unwarranted proceedings of a lower court

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take unwarranted liberties

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an unwarranted assumption

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Analogous words: *false, wrong: unsupported, unsustained (see corresponding affirmative verbs at SUPPORT)
Contrasted words: true, actual, *real: *authentic, veritable, bona fide, genuine

New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.

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  • Baseless — Base less, a. Without a base; having no foundation or support. The baseless fabric of this vision. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • baseless — I adjective bottomless, empty, erroneous, false, foundationless, gratuitous, groundless, having no foundation, idle, ill founded, illogical, nonactual, not well founded, rootless, unbased, uncaused, uncorroborated, unfounded, ungrounded,… …   Law dictionary

  • baseless — c.1600, from BASE (Cf. base) (n.) + LESS (Cf. less). Related: BASELESSLY (Cf. Baselessly); baselessness …   Etymology dictionary

  • baseless — [adj] without substantiation bottomless, flimsy, foundationless, gratuitous, groundless, reasonless, unconfirmed, uncorroborated, unfounded, ungrounded, unjustifiable, unjustified, unsubstantiated, unsupported, untenable, unwarranted; concept 582 …   New thesaurus

  • baseless — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not based on fact; untrue …   English terms dictionary

  • baseless — [bās′lis] adj. having no basis in fact; unfounded baselessness n …   English World dictionary

  • baseless — [[t]be͟ɪsləs[/t]] ADJ If you describe an accusation, rumour, or report as baseless, you mean that it is not true and is not based on facts. The government has described reports of a massacre as completely baseless... Baseless allegations have… …   English dictionary

  • baseless — /bays lis/, adj. having no base; without foundation; groundless: a baseless claim. [1600 10; BASE1 + LESS] * * * …   Universalium

  • baseless — adj. Baseless is used with these nouns: ↑accusation, ↑allegation, ↑charge, ↑rumour …   Collocations dictionary

  • baseless — base|less [ˈbeısləs] adj not based on facts or good reasons used to show disapproval = ↑unfounded baseless rumours/charges/accusations …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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