un·​fo·​cused | \ ˌən-ˈfō-kəst \
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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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 That enthusiasm comes through even in unfocused or tentatively performed sketches (a few of which could be dropped altogether; at almost two hours, the show’s a little too big for its Technicolor spandex). Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Geek Show’ the latest prong in Bindlestiff’s community building," 13 Apr. 2018 The consequences of hunger manifest in classrooms — unfocused and angry, students act out and are unable to concentrate, Sosa said. Washington Post, "‘It’s tragic’: Students go hungry in Northern Virginia," 13 May 2018 The end result is sprawling and often unfocused, with a reach that exceeds its grasp. Kimber Myers, latimes.com, "In the documentary 'The King,' Eugene Jarecki hits the road to explore byways branching from Elvis Presley to Trump's America," 28 June 2018 In a stunning turn of events Wednesday, defending champion Germany was ousted from the World Cup, having looked unfocused and overmatched in almost every game. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "At World Cup, surprises are the new norm," 27 June 2018 Previous Jicks albums have gotten tangled up in proggy excess, with guitar solos unfocused enough to feel purloined from the Grateful Dead, but here Malkmus isn't messing around. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills Stephen Malkmus addresses the politics of today while Portland band Lithics summon the postpunk of the past," 1 June 2018 But the movie is listless and unfocused, constantly on the move toward something yet never arriving. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Rampage Has Dwayne Johnson. But That’s Not Enough to Save It," 12 Apr. 2018 Winston stared out into space, his eyes glassy and unfocused. Janice Gary, Longreads, "Bang and Vanish," 18 Apr. 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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