un·​co·​or·​di·​nat·​ed | \ ˌən-kō-ˈȯr-də-ˌnā-təd How to pronounce uncoordinated (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Before that, utilities built their own power plants and wires, leading to an uncoordinated, ad hoc system in which work was often duplicated and some areas remained unserved. Asher Price, USA TODAY, "Texas politicians saw electricity deregulation as a better future. Years later, millions lost power.," 23 Feb. 2021 Not only did the Wild not score, but the Sharks doubled their lead just seconds later — a momentum swing that could have buried the Wild considering how uncoordinated and subdued the team looked up to that point. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Sharks score late goals to edge Wild 5-3," 24 Jan. 2021 The chaos and moral confusion that COVID‑19 has wreaked in American ICUs—first in New York, and now all over the country—show how a leadership vacuum can generate an atomized and uncoordinated crisis response. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, "What the Chaos in Hospitals Is Doing to Doctors," 22 Dec. 2020 For two of us who are notoriously terrible and uncoordinated when using a traditional curling iron, using this magical device was like a breath of fresh air. Emmy Favilla, CNN Underscored, "We tried the $549 Dyson Airwrap and were seriously impressed," 18 Dec. 2020 But at the same time, the price for leaving too soon or in an uncoordinated way could be very high. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Pentagon plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, Iraq in Trump's waning days," 17 Nov. 2020 Poetsch took one look at the gangly, uncoordinated teenager roaming the halls and saw NBA potential. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "The ace is at home: How the Spurs’ Drew Eubanks went from baseball prospect to NBA contract," 30 Nov. 2020 The head of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, warned the G-20 that uncoordinated crisis spending would cost two-thirds more than a joint approach. Washington Post, "Trump could be a no-show at virtual G-20 as coronavirus ravages the globe," 20 Nov. 2020 Many developing countries have borrowed aggressively from Chinese institutions in a process both opaque and uncoordinated. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "How the Wealthy World Has Failed Poor Countries During the Pandemic," 1 Nov. 2020

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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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27 Feb 2021

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“Uncoordinated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncoordinated. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncoordinated

: not able to move different parts of your body together well or easily
: not well organized : not working together effectively


un·​co·​or·​di·​nat·​ed | \ -kō-ˈȯrd-ᵊn-ˌāt-əd How to pronounce uncoordinated (audio) \

Medical Definition of uncoordinated

: not coordinated : lacking proper or effective coordination uncoordinated muscles

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