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.
Recent Examples on the Web There’s also the effect that not sleeping enough can have on your life, like leaving you unfocused throughout your day. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 18 Aug. 2022 And while Farmiga does an effective job, as well, letting us into the fraying psyche of a doctor pushed past her limit, the story seems increasingly unfocused once the nightmare ends. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 11 Aug. 2022 But also so often, over and over and over again, the answer to someone who is darting around looking for something and feeling unfocused and unsatisfied. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2022 Instead, his conclusion feels sloppy, unfocused and anticlimactic, exposing his movie to unwelcome comparisons to the lesser efforts of M. Night Shyamalan, another high-concept writer-director whose career went wobbly. Kyle Smith, WSJ, 21 July 2022 Critics said Mordaunt’s performance was wobbly and unfocused. Mark Landler, BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2022 The second and third Stranger Things felt a little unfocused at times, but season 4 has introduced a great villain, who Eleven feels personally responsible for, leading up to an exciting conclusion in season 5. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 3 July 2022 Open and wide aromas of mint and limes, though slightly unfocused. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 3 July 2022 But statistics show that more problems happen on the descent when people are tired and more likely to be unfocused. Outside Online, 16 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unfocused

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Unfocused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfocused. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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