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 Admittedly, my expectations weren’t high, particularly trying to evaluate LaMelo in a competitive but unstructured pro-am setting. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "NBA Draft Dispatch: LaMelo Ball, Cade Cunningham and What’s Next," 22 Aug. 2019 Furniture that has simple lines and an unstructured form is best here. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Bay Area home style: Say hello to beachy boho, coastal cool," 2 July 2019 But in fact, this unstructured and unconventional approach to play—which was first devised by an Israeli educator on a kibbutz in the 1950s out of necessity because there were no traditional toys around—was long ago adopted nationwide. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "This Hebrew word can help you turn inevitable chaos into creativity," 11 Sep. 2019 The groups are unstructured and open to all ages, genders and types of eating issues. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Cupertino/Sunnyvale calendar of events for the week of Aug. 23," 23 Aug. 2019 But Bea is good with unstructured time, too, and entertaining herself. Brianne Tracy, PEOPLE.com, "Jaclyn Smith Hopes Her Granddaughters Learn to Have 'Each Other's Backs' from Charlie’s Angels," 16 Aug. 2019 Today’s big data is noisy, unstructured, and dynamic rather than static. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "The Mathematical Shape of Things to Come," 4 Oct. 2013 Studies have shown unstructured, outdoor exploratory and sensory experiences have enhancement benefits for the mind and body. Ron Seifer, sun-sentinel.com, "Got the grandkids? Try getting out into nature | Opinion," 9 Aug. 2019 This kept things fresh while still allowing plenty of unstructured time to kick back and relax at the resort. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Taking a family vacation to Jamaica? 10 reasons to leave your all-inclusive resort," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of unstructured

1936, in the meaning defined above

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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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