un·​formed | \ ˌən-ˈfȯrmd How to pronounce unformed (audio) \

Definition of unformed

: not arranged in regular shape, order, or relations especially : immature, undeveloped

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what was once an unformed lump of clay is now an attractive, useful bowl under his care and tutelage, young men, unformed in mind and body, became battle-worthy soldiers
Recent Examples on the Web The combination of the color of the coat, the isolation of the girl and the crepuscular woods brings to mind Little Red Riding Hood, an association that settles in your mind like an unformed thought. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘I Was at Home, but …’ Review: In Grief, What Dreams May Come," 12 Feb. 2020 Newsom’s plan is largely unformed and being introduced far in advance of the mid-June deadline for the state to pass its budget. Kevin Fagan, SFChronicle.com, "Mayors blast proposal for regional overseers of new homeless funding," 13 Feb. 2020 Woodstock was different, a festival experience that was still largely unformed. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Woodstock’s Contradictions, 50 Years Later," 5 Aug. 2019 Spencer’s deftness with such unformed ideas is still a marvel to watch. Jenna Wortham, New York Times, "Delighted — and Disturbed — by Octavia Spencer’s Rage in ‘Ma’," 31 May 2019 The fact that a couple thousand unformed personnel in Syria will be withdrawing is a tactical change. John Hudson, The Seattle Times, "Many of Trump’s advisers tried to derail Syria withdrawal," 13 Jan. 2019 All sleeping children are as alike as siblings, unformed, soft in the cheek. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, "Under the Wave," 9 July 2017 Parscale has also irritated some Trump officials by attempting to take over the political portfolio, with his scheduling of meetings to devise an as-yet-unformed midterm strategy getting back to other factions. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump dismisses midterm threat, alarming GOP," 28 Apr. 2018 Her radiant, confused blankness effectively summons memories of being young, unformed and desperate to be liked. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Mean Girls’ Sets the Perils of Being Popular to Song," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unformed

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unformed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unformed. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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: not fully or completely developed

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