un·​struc·​tured | \ ˌən-ˈstrək-chərd How to pronounce unstructured (audio) \

Definition of unstructured

: lacking structure or organization: such as
a : not formally organized in a set or conventional pattern an unstructured question feel insecure in an unstructured situation
b : not having a system or hierarchy typical of an organized society

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Examples of unstructured in a Sentence

Unstructured play time is important for children. Her life is very unstructured.
Recent Examples on the Web Even in the days before stay-at-home orders and COVID-19 case spikes, the waning days of the year were liable to leave you and your household with plenty of unstructured free time. Los Angeles Times, "8 TV shows perfect for watching with your family during the holidays," 23 Dec. 2020 Free-form, unstructured brainstorming doesn’t necessarily lead to creativity and ideas. Karl Sun, Fortune, "Want to innovate while working remotely? Rethink the way you brainstorm," 22 Dec. 2020 Try to build unstructured time into every day with no devices, no screens and no parental engagement. New York Times, "Escape the Boredom Trap," 3 Nov. 2020 The Spurs’ kids thrived in the unstructured system coach Gregg Popovich unleashed in the bubble. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "DeMar DeRozan all aboard for Spurs’ rebuild," 5 Dec. 2020 The simplest and oldest identification method is a pedestrian survey: looking for evidence of human activity, either on unstructured strolls or when walking in a grid. Gabriel D. Wrobel, The Conversation, "How do archaeologists know where to dig?," 4 Dec. 2020 The idea of large-scale interventions that might replace the mess of unstructured messaging with a more structured set of procedures is rarely considered. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, "The Rise and Fall of Getting Things Done," 17 Nov. 2020 Katherine Frey/The Washington Post, via Getty Images Is embarrassment about unstructured creativity why parents stop drawing? David Marchesephotograph By Mamadi Doumbouya, New York Times, "Mo Willems Has a Message for Parents: He’s Not on Your Side," 13 Nov. 2020 Even before the pandemic, children were spending only about four to seven minutes a day in unstructured outdoor play, according to the National Recreation and Park Association. Heather E. Schwartz, National Geographic, "Don’t let the pandemic keep kids from going outside in chilly weather," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of unstructured

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Unstructured.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unstructured. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unstructured

: not happening according to a plan : not organized or planned in a formal way


un·​struc·​tured | \ ˌən-ˈstrək-chərd How to pronounce unstructured (audio) \

Medical Definition of unstructured

: lacking structure : not formally organized unstructured psychological tests

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