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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Trump’s comments about possible legislative responses to the weekend carnage continued a pattern in recent days of advocating unfocused ideas without specifics - a pattern that would face an uncertain path in Congress. John Wagner, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump stays largely out of public view during Dayton visit; El Paso awaits his arrival," 7 Aug. 2019 With dozens of minutes of self-serious debate over whether or not to unleash the Titans, the movie is an unfocused slog. 2. Daniel Menegaz, EW.com, "Why Crawl is a better reptile monster movie than Godzilla: King of the Monsters," 12 July 2019 The loss of productivity — from closing for an extra day or unfocused employees — is also a concern, especially if workers stay out late to celebrate the holiday the night before returning to work. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "A midweek Fourth of July or a 3-day weekend? Here's what Indiana employers are doing," 27 June 2019 But this isn’t unfocused untamability or the refusal to deal with the realities on hand. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes September 17-23," 10 Sep. 2016 The Takeaway: If nothing else, this debate does illustrate how particularly unfocused and broken the current level of political debate has become. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: The President Is Running for President, FYI," 23 June 2019 Both attorneys described Nunez as sluggish and unfocused in his final moments, probably from the head wounds. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "Federal civil trial underway in 2016 San Jose police shooting," 18 June 2019 Colman makes her gaze slightly unfocused, her attention fading like a snuffed candle. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "‘The Favourite’ review: an irresistibly nasty tale of lust, power and pet bunnies," 4 Dec. 2018 Preacher has always been a bit unfocused, with its quirky subplots and eccentric side characters. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Preacher ends third season with a pop, not a bang," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of unfocused

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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