un·​fo·​cused | \ ˌən-ˈfō-kəst How to pronounce unfocused (audio) \
variants: or less commonly unfocussed

Definition of unfocused

1 : not adjusted to a focus
2 : not concentrated on one point or objective unfocused rage

Examples of unfocused in a Sentence

an unfocused approach to studying Your essay seems unfocused and unclear. She has lots of unfocused energy.
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Recent Examples on the Web After a somewhat unfocused first episode, the series settles in with more thematic subsequent pieces. David Bauder, Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 According to Hendricks, psilocybin connects different regions of the brain in new ways, disrupting ruminative thinking in the default mode network, the part of the brain that engages in unfocused activities. al, 18 June 2021 The Trump administration was largely too scattered and unfocused to have a catastrophic impact on design, but as often happens during authoritarian times, efficient ideologues made use of the chaos to promote their own cause. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 Rivers was complaining players were out of shape and unfocused. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 For older children, Leaning said there is often an problem with unfocused rage. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 18 May 2021 Catherine Opie’s work is intentionally unfocused; Binh Danh prints photos of RVs on silver daguerreotype plates; David Benjamin Sherry renders Monument Valley in neon blue. oregonlive, 10 May 2021 During most of Donald Trump’s time in the White House, Silicon Valley could regard the legal threats Republicans hurled its way as a sideshow: unfocused, unserious, untenable. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 With that alignment, the marketing team can focus resources and creative on target accounts versus doing broad, unfocused campaigns. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of unfocused

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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4 Jul 2021

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“Unfocused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfocused. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unfocused

: not relating to or directed toward one specific thing (such as a particular goal or task)
: not looking at anything specific

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