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baseless

[beys-lis] /ˈbeɪs lɪs/
adjective
1.
having no base; without foundation; groundless:
a baseless claim.
Origin of baseless
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10; base1 + -less
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  • But my fears that their mental suggestions might obsess her were baseless.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Pym, all here know you: you'll not set your heart On any baseless dream.

    Browning's England Helen Archibald Clarke
  • But Colonel John was not one to give way to fears that might be baseless.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • And like the baseless fabric of a vision, Leave not a rack behind.

    Daily Thoughts Charles Kingsley
  • He saw how baseless his hope had been, and he exonerated her from all blame.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for baseless

baseless

/ˈbeɪslɪs/
adjective
1.
not based on fact; unfounded: a baseless supposition
Derived Forms
baselessly, adverb
baselessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for baseless
adj.

c.1600, from base (n.) + -less. Related: Baselessly; baselessness.

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