Definition of rudderless in English:



  • 1Lacking a rudder.

    • ‘The boat is rudderless; instead it has a nozzle surrounding the propeller that turns 22 degrees off center to port or starboard.’
    • ‘They are a further step in the development of the lean, low profile, rudderless boat designs originally made famous by British kayak designers and sought after by expeditioners all over the world.’
    1. 1.1 Lacking a clear sense of one's aims or principles.
      ‘today's leadership is rudderless’
      • ‘Readers will likely find the book's practical advice as rudderless as its ethical principles.’
      • ‘Perhaps we appreciate that poll-driven politics is insecure, rudderless, inconsequential and lacking in coherency, so we direct our attention inward to find meaning.’
      • ‘But it is not entirely clear who is in charge - the whole project appears rudderless.’
      • ‘At 16, Christopher felt rudderless and profoundly unwelcome in his family's Virginia home after telling a friend at his evangelical Christian high school that he thought he might be gay.’
      • ‘It seems to me that some parties support a rudderless approach both to tertiary education and to the nation in general.’
      • ‘You have the picture of a party that is rudderless and adrift, with no clear-cut strategies of providing principled opposition on issues.’
      • ‘The government seems rudderless, stumbling around looking for an agenda.’
      • ‘The government has been directionless and rudderless.’
      • ‘Natasha's trying to make sense of the new, rudderless Russia.’
      • ‘A bit rudderless and uncertain about his future prospects, Saleem falls under the influence of fundamentalist agitators, who operate under the patronage of the local landlord.’
      • ‘Neither side had the cohesion or the confidence to take control of a rudderless contest.’
      • ‘It is that lack of self-confidence, this deep cultural malaise, that serves to have us in a constant muddle, running around, rudderless, like headless chickens, always going backwards instead of forward.’
      • ‘Entering their thirties, the men are stuck in adolescence, rudderless, jobless, and harboring dreams of escaping their small town - dreams they never act on.’
      • ‘All attempts by the director and the screenwriter to avoid convention and cliché leave the film rudderless, floundering until it becomes downright disturbing.’
      • ‘You know where you stand with George and, in today's world, that's much better than rudderless leaders who drift with the prevailing wind.’
      • ‘But doesn't all this leave us dangerously rudderless, drifting on relativistic seas?’
      • ‘The responsibility for unrelenting global crisis and hardship lies more appropriately with a rudderless global financial system drifting hopelessly without a solid anchor.’
      • ‘Out of all the nations that make up the Union of Great Britain, England, at times, shows the most self-deprecating, wimpish and rudderless sense of national pride one could imagine.’
      • ‘For Thailand, a medium-sized country - whose destiny is closely tied up with the global economy and liberal democracy - drifting along rudderless in the tumultuous current of world events is not an option.’
      • ‘The Balto outfit looked rudderless, lacking direction, which to a certain degree they were.’