un·​fo·​cused ˌən-ˈfō-kəst How to pronounce unfocused (audio)
variants or less commonly unfocussed
: not adjusted to a focus
: 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 The opening and ending of the show are both entertaining, but the free-form, clue-hunting middle section was repetitive and unfocused. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2024 The stretches where Keitel’s character hangs out with his friends are more chaotic and unfocused, though Thelma Schoonmaker’s editing helps make that looseness seem intentional. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 9 Mar. 2024 So other civilizations might well and truly be out there, thriving and abundant, but our searches are too underfunded, too unfocused, and too unsophisticated to catch them. Paul Sutter, Ars Technica, 18 May 2023 And, finally, Jimmy Butler. – All in the nick of time. – Otherwise, this largely was flat and unfocused. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 16 Jan. 2024 To explain the underwhelming audience reaction, some people have questioned the wisdom of casting Adam Driver and his iffy Italian accent in the role of the legendary carmaker Enzo Ferrari; others find the story meandering and unfocused. Joe Queenan, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2024 The Cornhuskers used a 13-0 run to close the first half and the Boilermakers were playing catch-up the rest of the night. Boilers unfocused in Lincoln:'This loss isn't on one person. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Jan. 2024 This leaves people sluggish, unfocused and a bit apathetic. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 21 Dec. 2023 Coaching solves the problems of those who often unknowingly repeat the same mistakes, unaware that their daily actions and habits are unfocused and preventing them from achieving expected success. Svetlana Khachiyan, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of unfocused was in 1859

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“Unfocused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfocused. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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