un·​di·​rect·​ed | \ ˌən-də-ˈrek-təd How to pronounce undirected (audio) , -dī- \

Definition of undirected

: not directed : not planned or guided undirected efforts

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "How Civilization Broke Our Brains," 13 Dec. 2020 Darwinism opened minds to the fecundity of undirected, organic social cooperation of the sort that does most of the creating and allocating of wealth and opportunities in open societies. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The American Misunderstanding of Natural Rights," 12 Aug. 2020 What Bush recognized was that, for the most part, such scientific discoveries do not come from directed or applied research of the sort the government engaged in during wartime but rather from undirected basic research. Mark P. Mills, National Review, "The Auspicious History — and Future — of Basic Science Research," 29 Apr. 2020 By its very nature, sound, unlike vision, is relatively undirected. Norm Friesen, The Conversation, "4 weird things that happen when you videoconference," 1 Apr. 2020 This shot stands out because the moment is so pure and undirected. Alix Strauss, New York Times, "Wedding Photographers Share Their Favorite Moments," 30 Apr. 2019 While some parents, lawmakers and advocates pushed this legislative session for a required fifty minutes of undirected play time during the school day, that particular bill didn’t pass. Megan Merrigan, courant.com, "7 new laws that will impact Connecticut’s schools, from required courses to safety measures," 2 Sep. 2019 The notion of such vast eons of time — and the power of tiny, undirected changes which by their accumulation could generate new worlds, worlds of enormous richness and variety — was intoxicating. Nicole Krauss, New York Times, "A Last Glimpse Into the Mind of Oliver Sacks," 4 Dec. 2017 According to a new study by Julia Leonard, Yuna Lee, and Laura Schulz at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, even 1-year-old infants can draw lessons from such unspoken, undirected demos. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "Infants Can Learn The Value of Perseverance By Watching Adults," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of undirected

1596, in the meaning defined above

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“Undirected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undirected. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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