Definition of unsound in English:


Pronunciation /ˌənˈsound/ /ˌənˈsaʊnd/

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  • 1Not safe or robust; in poor condition.

    ‘the tower is structurally unsound’
    • ‘But as regards health and safety for squatters, there's not much that can be done if the building they are occupying turns out to be dangerous or structurally unsound.’
    • ‘Any loss of euro confidence is an unwelcome blow to a global currency ‘system’ already tottering over its unsound dollar foundation.’
    • ‘East Asian networks provide mutual support and focused industrial development, but have created unsound financial systems and inflexible business conditions.’
    • ‘It had walls, but the beams within were mostly rotten, the roof had gone, it was structurally unsound and the site was entirely overgrown.’
    • ‘What is the difference between peddling a stock or a product as having value, when in reality, insiders know what is being sold is unreliable, unsound and unworthy?’
    • ‘Ivy will not harm fired clay bricks, nor will it cause mortar to crumble unless the mortar is already unsound.’
    • ‘What happens in 50 years, when the building becomes structurally unsound, or the neighborhood changes?’
    • ‘It was not the loss of freedom of the press, or unsound monetary policy, or costly military actions abroad, or low health expenditure - although all these factors had a negative impact.’
    • ‘Charleville courthouse was deemed to be physically unsound, and its district, which straddles the county boundary, is also dealt with in Kilmallock.’
    • ‘They said the wall was structurally unsound and was removed by our client, before the notice of refusal was received by our client from the Council.’
    • ‘The Asian crisis has shown the danger of free capital flows when vital information is imperfect, domestic financial systems are weak, and governments pursue unsound economic policies.’
    • ‘It is unsettling to discover a layer of fragile, unsound rock concealed between deep strata of solid granite, but not uncommon.’
    • ‘A new rich class enjoyed a flamboyant lifestyle, which too many people tried to copy by means of credit and stock-market speculation, within an unsound banking system.’
    • ‘The figure does not include local credit cooperatives, which are notorious for unsound lending practices.’
    • ‘The main buildings may not be of modern design, but there was no technical evidence to show that any of them are structurally unsound or incapable of reuse, with refurbishment if necessary.’
    • ‘It was held that, on the basis of the evidence presented to the court, the project for the dam was unsound.’
    • ‘We have also published articles about structurally unsound boat hulls, boat buying scams and faulty generators that create the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.’
    • ‘This is the most conspicuous and direct mechanism where weak system underpinnings foster heightened asset inflation and unsound economic expansion.’
    • ‘It's hard to believe that the building inspector who charges a thousand dollars to approve a sound building wouldn't accept ten thousand dollars to approve an unsound one.’
    rickety, flimsy, shaky, wobbly, unstable, tottery, defective, disintegrating, crumbling, decaying, broken, broken-down, damaged, rotten, ramshackle, insubstantial, jerry-built, unsafe, unreliable, dangerous
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    1. 1.1Not based on sound evidence or reasoning and therefore unreliable or unacceptable.
      ‘unsafe and unsound banking practices’
      • ‘Many people believe the conviction was based on unsound evidence.’
      • ‘Counsel also made submissions as to why the reasons for decision were arguably either sound or unsound.’
      • ‘I think that's a very poor and very methologically unsound approach.’
      • ‘Many self-appointed experts believed that sending in the bombers at low-level was basically unsound and too dangerous.’
      • ‘Good advocacy but unsound principle, for damages are to compensate the victim not to reflect what the wrongdoer ought to pay.’
      • ‘Elsewhere the case against Antinori was that his plan was scientifically unsound and dangerous.’
      • ‘But to characterise this condition as synonymous with ‘deflation’ is analytically unsound.’
      • ‘You couldn't make a more unsound legal statement than the one you have just made.’
      • ‘If the theory is indeed unsound, then it's perfectly proper for the legislature to prevent the cost and risk of the litigation in the first place, rather than waiting until tens of millions of dollars are spent in various lawsuits.’
      • ‘Too often, authorities say, the science is unproven, the analyses unsound, and the experts unreliable.’
      • ‘As I mentioned before, there are lots of interesting, plausible arguments in the gun control debates - and some that seem appealing but on close viewing prove to be just plain unsound.’
      • ‘The allegations of the judge supposedly misleading Congress or of his testimony raising ‘serious concerns’ about the judiciary strike me as unsound.’
      • ‘But the principle itself is not wholly unsound.’
      • ‘The one quote that strikes me as quite unsound is the one at the very end, though of course it's always impossible to tell if some relevant context might have been inadvertently cut in the editing.’
      • ‘Treating this as something much more than it is strikes me as unsound, and likely to undermine the attention given to serious civil liberties complaints in other cases.’
      • ‘The ‘moral age of consent’ argument is indeed a plausible one, though one that I think on balance is unsound.’
      • ‘The evidence that I checked, though, seems to be highly unsound.’
      • ‘I thought the fundamental premise of this article was unsound.’
      • ‘Her Sunday column is so full of unsound argument that I just don't know where to start.’
      • ‘Even when his conclusions are unsound he often attempts to derive them from Scriptural based premises.’
      untenable, flawed, defective, faulty, ill-founded, flimsy, weak, shaky, unreliable, questionable, dubious, tenuous, suspect, illogical, irrational, unfounded, ungrounded, unsubstantiated, unsupported, specious, hollow, spurious, false, fallacious, fallible, erroneous, wrong, sophistic, casuistic
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    2. 1.2(of a person) not competent, reliable, or holding acceptable views.
      ‘They are philosophically unsound because both right and left identify a highly determinate set of rights whether they be basic freedoms or property rights, and postulate that they dovetail in an harmonious set.’
      • ‘My neighbour was notoriously unsound politically and had been through hard times after being purged in 1948 from the Czech news agency.’
      • ‘I am now convinced that although he is unsound in his views there are not sufficient grounds for proceeding against him.’
      • ‘A liberal would also find him unsound on the death penalty.’
    3. 1.3Injured, ill, or diseased, especially (of a horse) lame.
      ‘We found the horse unsound but these things happen in racing.’
      • ‘See You Then was an unsound horse sympathetically trained by Nicky Henderson who also won the Champion Hurdle three times in a row.’
      • ‘The Del Mar stewards reported that the Slew City Slew gelding appeared to be unsound in his right front leg after the race but on Monday trainer Doug O'Neill said the four-year-old had bounced back.’
      • ‘She has some scars on her hind legs that cause her to be unsound, but does not appear to be in pain.’
      • ‘The horses are monitored by veterinarians throughout the ride at pre-determined check points and will be withdrawn from the ride if they are judged to be unsound or metabolically unfit.’