unmotivated

adjective
un·​mo·​ti·​vat·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈmō-tə-ˌvā-təd How to pronounce unmotivated (audio) \

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 These effects are seen in laboratory mice, who are probably not terribly susceptible to existential dread, but nonetheless become depressed and unmotivated when exposed to the particulates in polluted air. Liza Featherstone, The New Republic, 3 Sep. 2021 His best friend Katy (Awkwafina, invaluable) works with him and is similarly unmotivated. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 31 Aug. 2021 State leaders have reiterated their ban on remote learning after virtual learning left many families frustrated and many students unmotivated. BostonGlobe.com, 31 Aug. 2021 Former military officers who served in Afghanistan said there were signs the Afghan military – unmotivated, disorganized and plagued by low morale – would struggle against the Taliban. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2021 Many Americans remain resistant or unmotivated to get shots, despite months of often-creative efforts by federal and state officials and the private sector to spread information about vaccine safety and accessibility. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 But despite those efforts, the Afghan military – which analysts said was unmotivated, disorganized and plagued by low morale – collapsed to the Taliban over the weekend without mustering a fight in most cities. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2021 Angela Cobián was lethargic, unmotivated and anxious during the first two months of the pandemic. Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2021 Many Americans remain resistant or unmotivated to get shots, despite months of often-creative efforts by federal and state officials and the private sector to spread information about vaccine safety and accessibility. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021

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First Known Use of unmotivated

1874, in the meaning defined above

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12 Sep 2021

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“Unmotivated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmotivated. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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unmotivated

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unmotivated

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

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