un·​mo·​ti·​vat·​ed ˌən-ˈmō-tə-ˌvā-təd How to pronounce unmotivated (audio)
: not motivated: such as
: lacking an appropriate or understandable motive
unmotivated behavior
unmotivated desires
: lacking drive or enthusiasm
unmotivated students
… declined to compete in the last Olympics because she was unmotivated and out of shape …Christopher Clarey

Examples of unmotivated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But interviews with nearly two dozen young Latino students on college campuses in battleground states revealed many are currently unmotivated to back a candidate or even cast a ballot. Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News, 29 Apr. 2024 Some people become unmotivated to finish their work, start job hunting on company time or even do something malicious, such as copying files or deleting code. Erin Imhof, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 This winter's gray skies and quickly melting snow are leaving many feeling stuck, and unmotivated. Detroit Free Press, 13 Jan. 2024 Robin’s abandonment and Ivy’s smothering — but these supporting characters’ changes are wholly unmotivated. Courtney Howard, Variety, 7 Mar. 2024 Sometimes aiming too high can make your people feel more hopeless and unmotivated, especially when there's a lack of clarity regarding the road map. Andrew Deutscher, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Many are older, nursing injuries from years ago and unmotivated to fight. Thomas Gibbons-Neff, New York Times, 28 Jan. 2024 But Portland — which won the second quarter by 15 points — took advantage of two quarters of sloppy, unmotivated Wolves play to trim the deficit to as few as eight. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 16 Feb. 2024 There seemed to be long stretches where nothing much happened, only to be followed by action scenes that felt unmotivated and rushed. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 13 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unmotivated was in 1874

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“Unmotivated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmotivated. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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