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 Often shot from a middle distance, with occasional cutaways to the masked audience in their sad, discrete clumps, the cast too often seems broad and unfocused, with more energy than intensity. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: A Pandemic ‘Othello,’ Socially and Otherwise Distant," 4 Sep. 2020 His press briefings in March and April were often combative and unfocused at a time when Americans were likely looking for a calm, reassuring leader. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Trump has chance to prevent pandemic from becoming his Katrina: Analysts," 27 Aug. 2020 Salina Julin was an unfocused millennial, drifting from job to job without a plan a few years ago. Star Tribune, "Trades Hub helps young workers find Minnesota manufacturing jobs, scholarships," 1 Aug. 2020 There were initial talks that were pretty loose and unfocused. CBS News, "Russia, Afghanistan and prospects for peace: Ambassador James Cunningham - transcript," 8 July 2020 The experience with hydroxychloroquine illustrates how the research enterprise became so lopsided and unfocused. Matthew Herper, STAT, "Data show panic and disorganization dominate the study of Covid-19 drugs," 6 July 2020 To the unfocused eye, this larger and whiter crowd might have looked diluted, as if merged with Black Lives Matter at the expense of its old specificity. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "A Dream of Lasting Solidarity at the Dyke March," 24 June 2020 The picture, showing a black and white dog lying in the dirt, was unfocused and taken from far away. Ellen Mccarthy, Washington Post, "Her dog went missing in the middle of the pandemic — and a neighborhood of strangers found a mission," 23 June 2020 His message just days before the big vote was sometimes unfocused and meandering. Katie Glueck, New York Times, "Joe Biden Has Had Flimsy Organization. It Hasn’t Hurt Him.," 6 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of unfocused

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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13 Sep 2020

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“Unfocused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfocused. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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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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