un·co·or·di·nat·ed | \ ˌən-kō-ˈȯr-də-ˌnā-təd \

Definition of uncoordinated 

: lacking coordination : not coordinated: such as

a : not able to move different parts of the body together well or easily … I'm every bit as clumsy and uncoordinated on a virtual skateboard as I would be on a real one. —Peter Cohen

b : not characterized by smoothness or regularity … the uncoordinated twitching of a heart no longer able to beat. —Jerry Adler jerky uncoordinated movements

c : not well organized uncoordinated attacks by rebel armies

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Synonyms & Antonyms for uncoordinated


awkward, clumsy, gawkish, gawky, graceless, klutzy, ungainly


coordinated, graceful

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Ballet Theater itself is suddenly looking fainthearted and uncoordinated as a theatrical troupe. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "4 Buzzy ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Debuts, 1 Fainthearted Production," 15 June 2018 Merkel, however, is determined that Germany shouldn't take unilateral action without agreement with other EU countries, fearing a cascade of uncoordinated decisions that could further fray European unity. Geir Moulson, Fox News, "Germany's Merkel faces race against time in migrant standoff," 28 June 2018 Merkel, however, is determined that Germany shouldn’t take unilateral action without agreement with other EU countries, fearing a cascade of uncoordinated decisions that could further fray European unity. Washington Post, "Germany’s Merkel faces race against time in migrant standoff," 27 June 2018 Former President Barack Obama and former vice president, Joe Biden, issued separate, uncoordinated statements on social media condemning Trump's policy. Steve Peoples, The Christian Science Monitor, "Democrats scramble to find clear strategy against Trump's immigration policy," 21 June 2018 This year Katy Perry was one of about half a dozen big names on the screen, joking about the Left Shark debacle at the Super Bowl in 2015 and comparing the uncoordinated backup dancer to the Oracle of Omaha himself. New York Times, "There’s Only One Warren Buffett," 7 May 2018 The on-stage costume changes also felt uncoordinated and led to moments of dead air. Brandon T. Harden, Philly.com, "'¡Bienvenidos Blancos! or Welcome White People': A chaotic mix of identity, Cuban history and white privilege," 22 Apr. 2018 The dearth of providers, the uncoordinated panoply of practitioners with disparate and confusing titles and qualifications, and the costs of care have created a disorienting health care jungle where untreated mental illness is prevalent. Scott Breitinger, STAT, "3 ways to expand access to mental health care beyond adding more psychiatrists," 20 Apr. 2018 And digital companies have sought to take advantage of loopholes created by uncoordinated European regulation. Viktoria Dendrinou, Bloomberg.com, "American Tech Giants Face New Tax Grab in Europe," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of uncoordinated

1892, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uncoordinated was in 1892

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un·co·or·di·nat·ed | \ -kō-ˈȯrd-ᵊn-ˌāt-əd \

Medical Definition of uncoordinated 

: not coordinated : lacking proper or effective coordination uncoordinated muscles

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