un·​dis·​tin·​guished | \ ˌən-di-ˈstiŋ-(g)wisht How to pronounce undistinguished (audio) \

Definition of undistinguished

: not distinguished: such as
a : not marked by eminence, distinction, or quality a bland, undistinguished pop album an undistinguished career
b : not perceived as distinct : not differentiated The disease [syphilis] was first noticed in Europe at the end of the fifteenth century, though it may have existed before then undistinguished from leprosy.— Wayne Biddle

Examples of undistinguished in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vidal to that point had a largely undistinguished career as an academic biologist. Harrison Stetler, The New Republic, 24 May 2021 Then there’s the United States’ long and undistinguished track record in attempting to help develop and reform these countries. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2021 Yet the undistinguished waterway that connects Oakland's Coliseum with its airport seemingly rejuvenate Jed Lowrie. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2021 The $100 million project remakes the moribund space around AT&T’s undistinguished collection of downtown buildings into a multi-block, landscaped pedestrian plaza, a genuine urban place in the heart of the city. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 21 Apr. 2021 His career was that of an undistinguished but long placeholder. WSJ, 6 Apr. 2021 Significantly, Waugh compared Greene to Somerset Maugham, another great storyteller whose prose style was undistinguished but who nonetheless had an uncanny flair for telling tales that captivated the reading public. Terry Teachout, National Review, 4 Mar. 2021 Toscano-Anderson didn’t even bother to declare for the 2015 draft after an undistinguished four-year career at Marquette. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Feb. 2021 The Hubble observations may also help explain just what happened in the recent past to turn an undistinguished asteroid into a main-belt comet. John Matson, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2013

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First Known Use of undistinguished

1600, in the meaning defined above

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“Undistinguished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undistinguished. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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