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 Young professionals flock to these playgrounds after work because the exercise is intense, unstructured and sociable; the gyms may be one of the last urban locales where talking to strangers is encouraged. Kate Dwyer, New York Times, "Social Climbing Has a Whole New Meaning," 14 Nov. 2019 Things may be worse for transplant physicians, as many view this field as unstructured with few boundaries to the physical work and, more importantly, one that requires a huge emotional commitment. David Weill, STAT, "As the need for organ transplants grows, the number of transplant physicians dwindles," 17 Oct. 2019 He was also nominated for his work on RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked for outstanding unstructured reality program. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Billy Porter Denies Giving Side-Eye to RuPaul During Emmys: 'Don't Come to Me with That'," 23 Sep. 2019 Egyptian squash is dynamic and unstructured, with out-of-nowhere drop shots and deceptive flicks of the wrist. David Segal, New York Times, "A Squash Mystery in Egypt: Is There Something in the Nile?," 1 Nov. 2019 And unstructured play has been shown as crucial to develop children’s imagination, creativity, attention, and independence. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "The spread of outdoor preschools raises questions about the purpose of education," 28 Oct. 2019 Studies show that the average American child spends just four to seven minutes per day in unstructured play outdoors versus more than seven hours in front of a screen. Grant Segall, cleveland, "Morgana Bluffs — Cleveland’s tiny new nature preserve — helps Slavic Villagers ‘shake off the inside’," 13 Oct. 2019 There's also an unstructured mentoring model at Meetsss in which participants can choose to be a mentor or mentee. Lily Moayeri, Billboard, "Meetsss Is the Dance-Centric Music Industry Conference For and By Women -- And Everyone's Invited," 25 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of unstructured

1936, in the meaning defined above

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6 Dec 2019

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“Unstructured.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unstructured?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=u&file=unstru01. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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