unfound

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

un- +‎ found (discovered)

Adjective[edit]

unfound (not comparable)

  1. Not found.

Etymology 2[edit]

un- +‎ found (establish)

Verb[edit]

unfound (third-person singular simple present unfounds, present participle unfounding, simple past and past participle unfounded)

  1. (rare) To disestablish; to undo the founding of.
    • 2014, Jason Colavito, Jason and the Argonauts through the Ages, McFarland (→ISBN)
      The Etruscans and Romans practiced destructive rituals to deconsecrate temples and “unfound” cities. Such practices were necessary to remove an old god from his or her temple when rededicating a site to a new deity.

Etymology 3[edit]

Back-formation from unfounded.

Verb[edit]

unfound (third-person singular simple present unfounds, present participle unfounding, simple past and past participle unfounded)

  1. To dismiss a criminal charge as unfounded.
    • 2017 February 3, Robyn Doolittle, “Unfounded: Why Police Dismiss 1 in 5 Sexual Assault Claims as Baseless”, The Globe and Mail
      Manitoba had the second-lowest provincial rate, and Winnipeg police unfounded only 2 per cent of allegations. (Police and other experts who deal with the issue routinely use “unfound” as a verb.)
    Synonym: no-crime (UK)