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Definition of unmotivated

: not motivated: such as
a : lacking an appropriate or understandable motive unmotivated behavior unmotivated desires
b : 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 Many students of all ages felt disengaged and unmotivated. Yoree Koh, WSJ, "Teachers Retrain to Keep Students on Track in Online Classes," 29 Aug. 2020 For more than a month, Andrew accessed classes on his cellphone, but was too depressed and unmotivated to do so often. Anchorage Daily News, "A generation left behind? Online learning cheats poor students," 23 Aug. 2020 My emotions toward school range from feeling unmotivated to writing shadow letters to my professors apologizing for my lack of focus. New York Times, "Teachers and Students Describe a Remote-Learning Life," 11 Apr. 2020 Silverstone applies a harried sense of confused anxiety to Susan, while Corddry plays Bob as an unmotivated and easily suggestible pushover. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Bad Therapy’ fails to cash in on an intriguing idea of psychobabblery," 15 Apr. 2020 When a typically chatty employee who often participates in meetings and is engaged and enthusiastic suddenly becomes unmotivated and quieter, that person could be at risk for burnout. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Burnout is a big deal. Here's how managers can spot it," 9 Sep. 2019 The movie, which ends with Bram delivering a self-righteous, mostly unmotivated defense of his generation’s work ethic, takes a weirdly sympathetic attitude toward his stumbles. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "‘Run This Town’ Review: What Happens When the Mayor Smokes Crack?," 5 Mar. 2020 That’s not exactly the best way to acquire, say, a low-round draft pick, but dumping Glenn’s $9.5 mil cap hit – and his unmotivated self – is worth it. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Does Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer play weddings and birthdays too?," 3 Mar. 2020 Ixchel Acosta, president of the Clement Street Merchants Association in the Richmond, also supports the tax, citing unmotivated landlords as a reason stores stay empty for years. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Taxing vacant storefronts," 28 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of unmotivated

1874, in the meaning defined above

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11 Sep 2020

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“Unmotivated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmotivated. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unmotivated

: having no desire to do or succeed at something : not motivated

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