un·​struc·​tured ˌən-ˈstrək-chərd How to pronounce unstructured (audio)
: lacking structure or organization: such as
: not formally organized in a set or conventional pattern
an unstructured question
feel insecure in an unstructured situation
: not having a system or hierarchy typical of an organized society

Examples of unstructured in a Sentence

Unstructured play time is important for children. Her life is very unstructured.
Recent Examples on the Web Researchers who study human fun and games have argued that the decline of thrilling, unstructured play over the past few decades has contributed to a rise in childhood anxiety over that same time period. Athena Aktipis, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2023 Introduction As a graduate student in Sancar’s lab, Partch discovered that CRY1 had a mysterious, unstructured tail. Quanta Magazine, 10 Oct. 2023 By analyzing vast amounts of data from financial statements, internal and external structured and unstructured data, including market trends and even online sentiments, AI algorithms can swiftly narrow down potential targets and uncover insights that might have gone unnoticed. Andrea Guerzoni, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2023 But statistics indicate many kids are losing unstructured playtime. Beth Ann Mayer, Parents, 21 Sep. 2023 The unstructured nature of the material also means a lot can fit inside. Kristina Rutkowski, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 July 2023 While most belt bags are made from nylon and have a soft, unstructured body, Alba’s is made from pebbled leather with gold hardware and has a cool boxy shape that looks more like a modern purse than an ’80s fanny pack. Nicola Fumo, Peoplemag, 18 Sep. 2023 Two, actually: unstructured reality program and picture editing for an unstructured reality program. Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2023 This is a contrast to quasars hosting galaxies which are messy and unstructured and crucially are found at distances of billions of light years away. Robert Lea, Popular Mechanics, 13 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unstructured was in 1936

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“Unstructured.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unstructured. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


un·​struc·​tured ˌən-ˈstrək-chərd How to pronounce unstructured (audio)
: lacking structure : not formally organized
unstructured psychological tests
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