un·​or·​dered ˌən-ˈȯr-dərd How to pronounce unordered (audio)
: not ordered: such as
: not arranged in order
a list of unordered numbers
: not characterized by order
A hitch in the U.S. Army … had unfitted him for the cold, unordered life of a civilian.John Steinbeck
: not requested by an order
an unordered glass of wine

Examples of unordered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enlarge Anas Photography Anyone who has taken a basic computer science class has undoubtedly spent time devising a sorting algorithm—code that will take an unordered list of items and put them in ascending or descending order. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 7 June 2023 And Ha, along with fellow computer scientist Yujin Tang, recently designed a model that could intentionally send large amounts of data through a transformer in a random, unordered way, mimicking how the human body transmits sensory observations to the brain. Stephen Ornes, Quanta Magazine, 12 Sep. 2022 Michigan’s Chief medical executive, Joneigh Khaldun, said late Friday the number of unordered doses offers only a single-day snapshot, noting the federal government had deposited a large number of doses in the state’s account in anticipation of their later use at a mass vaccination site. Isaac Stanley-Becker, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2021 Its pages adopt the structure of unordered lists—uniform and sturdy. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2023 Last Friday, Sushiro stopped serving unordered food on conveyor belts altogether, in hopes of deterring people from touching others’ food. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, 8 Feb. 2023 There are gorgeous performances going unsung in this completely unranked and unordered list. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 13 July 2021 The White House structured that federal pool so those unordered doses could then go to states like Maryland or Massachusetts that are still ordering their full allotment where demand has not dropped. Kaitlan Collins, CNN, 10 May 2021 President Biden has said states that don’t claim their full allotment from the federal government will see unordered doses redirected elsewhere – something Oregon doesn’t plan to let happen. oregonlive, 5 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unordered was in the 15th century

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“Unordered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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