un·​di·​rect·​ed ˌən-də-ˈrek-təd How to pronounce undirected (audio)
: not directed : not planned or guided
undirected efforts

Examples of undirected in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Online undirected robo-casting attracts thousands of unqualified candidates; and pits talent against each other in open-market bidding for the job. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 23 June 2023 Blind rage: Uncontrolled, undirected, unstoppable. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, 17 Mar. 2020 Unfortunately, standard low-diameter decomposition algorithms only work on undirected graphs — those in which every edge can be traversed in both directions. Ben Brubaker, Quanta Magazine, 18 Jan. 2023 Scientists have long been able to reactivate old memories, but only in a crude and undirected way. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 23 Mar. 2012 Participants assigned to pray every day (either an undirected prayer or a prayer for a relationship partner) for 4 weeks drank about half as much alcohol at the conclusion of the study as control participants. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 12 Aug. 2011 The Costanza character parallels generations of undirected school students who have never had the opportunity to learn how to follow their passion toward a career goal. Janine Yass, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Organizations must plan to decisively lead such changes rather than have the culture evolve unplanned and undirected. Sergei Anikin, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 Such is the psychological misery of an undirected person for whom an urgent need to overcome idleness—to find purpose—becomes a source of stress. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, 13 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of undirected was in 1596

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“Undirected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undirected. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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un·​di·​rect·​ed ˌən-də-ˈrek-təd How to pronounce undirected (audio)
: not directed
undirected efforts

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