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

Examples of undirected in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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, 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, 29 Apr. 2020 By its very nature, sound, unlike vision, is relatively undirected. Norm Friesen, The Conversation, 1 Apr. 2020 This shot stands out because the moment is so pure and undirected. Alix Strauss, New York Times, 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, 2 Sep. 2019 See More

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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 29 Jun. 2022.

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