un·​mo·​ti·​vat·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈmō-tə-ˌvā-təd \

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

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That caused the series to occasionally spin its wheels or descend into unmotivated melodrama. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Affair’s latest, greatest episode holds a difficult irony at its core," 19 Aug. 2018 People think junkies and alcoholics are slovenly, unmotivated people. Maria Yagoda, PEOPLE.com, "'There Was a Lot of Pain': 15 Stars on Their Experiences with Addiction," 10 July 2018 Democrats have a clear edge on enthusiasm and with middle-of-the-road voters on the generic ballot right now, and this is the kind of thing that could rile up unmotivated Republicans and make independents think Democrats are overreaching. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Democrats’ looming impeachment problem," 25 Apr. 2018 During depressive episodes, a person may feel sad, sluggish, unmotivated, or overwhelmed with life. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "What Is Bipolar II Disorder? Understanding Mariah Carey's Diagnosis," 11 Apr. 2018 Both the Dude and Dale (Seth Rogen), the unmotivated process server stumbling his way through this brilliantly dim-witted farce from David Gordon Green, share a predilection for a certain kind of all-natural relaxation. Charles Bramesco, New York Times, "The Little Lebowskis: 10 Righteous Heirs to a Coen Brothers’ Classic," 6 Mar. 2018 Matt is the unmotivated everyman with a proficiency in PowerPoint and a love of home brew. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Why you should watch Comedy Central's brilliant dark comedy 'Corporate'," 27 Feb. 2018 After looking listless and unmotivated in the second half against the Wildcats, Louisville's players played with enthusiasm and energy against the Panthers. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball bounces back with rout of Pittsburgh in ACC opener," 2 Jan. 2018 Savvy, sincere, and completely unmotivated by financial gain, the couple amassed seminal works by Picasso, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella, all before their peaks of fame. David Netto, Town & Country, "Bidding For Glory: Collecting Art is More About Exhibiting Wealth Than Ever Before," 21 Feb. 2018

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1874, in the meaning defined above

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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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