Definition of unmotivated in English:



  • 1Not having interest in or enthusiasm for something, especially work or study.

    ‘unmotivated, poorly taught children’
    • ‘The good students are very good… but the tail of uninterested, unmotivated or simply not very bright students is very large’.’
    • ‘To me. this Rangers team looks poorly organised, one-paced and unmotivated.’
    • ‘Just because we think of today's youngsters as passive and unmotivated, cynical and bored, distracted and preoccupied, does not mean they could not become part of a major social upheaval.’
    • ‘Apathetic patients become unmotivated and uninterested in their surroundings.’
    • ‘Gen Xers were considered unmotivated, apathetic and cynical.’
    • ‘I'm actually on the mend and feeling more human in the day, but feeling very lethargic and unmotivated by the evening.’
    • ‘This isn't just a simple act of vengeance - it's an expression of rage directed against an uncaring world and an extreme reaction to their pointless and unmotivated lives.’
    • ‘However, stuffing algebra down the throats of unmotivated students will dry out any seeds of potential interest in the subject.’
    • ‘For instance clinically depressed people are very lethargic and unmotivated; further sedation can therefore be counterproductive, and massage is only carried out with the approval of the patient's counsellor.’
    • ‘She talked about the despair of older generations of Americans that young people in America today don't vote because they're uninterested, unmotivated, and even just plain dumb.’
    • ‘The scale included items such as ‘think about how passive and unmotivated you feel’ and ‘go away by yourself and think about why you feel this way.’’
    • ‘Some mornings she lay in bed for hours, replaying the crash in her head, unmotivated to get up and uninterested in seeing herself on crutches.’
    • ‘It is uninventive, unresponsive, unintelligent, uninformed, and unmotivated to succeed.’
    • ‘It was an hour long comedy/drama about a smart, disaffected, sarcastic girl in her early twenties who had graduated from Brown University and, completely unmotivated, worked in a gift shop at Niagara Falls.’
    • ‘‘The mood is very lethargic and everyone is unmotivated,’ according to an anonymous staffer quoted by the Irish Times.’
    • ‘Yet, beyond these symbols of order a disturbing chaos prevailed, particularly in classrooms taught by disorganized or unmotivated teachers.’
    • ‘Milan Baros, he's failed to recapture the stunning form from the start of the season and now appears disinterested and unmotivated.’
    • ‘She was able to work just about all the knots out of my neck and shoulders, something that never happens) I have been too unmotivated.’
    • ‘What if there's a student that might be the next George Lucas, but right now he's so unmotivated by school and his environment is so hectic, that he doesn't have the grades to make it into our program even though he could take off as a filmmaker?’
    • ‘I was thinking about this since - it's interesting in that the zombies here are kind of unmotivated, or, well, not * hungry * really.’
    uninterested, indifferent, unconcerned, unmoved, unresponsive, impassive, passive, detached, uninvolved, disinterested, unfeeling, unemotional, emotionless, dispassionate, lukewarm, cool, uncaring, half-hearted, lackadaisical, non-committal
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  • 2Without a reason or motive.

    ‘an unmotivated attack’
    • ‘He said that the attack seemed completely unmotivated though the woman slated them as ‘posh bastards’.’
    • ‘But the moral assessment of persons with respect to their ‘sexuality’ that is so ubiquitous in the modern world would have seemed to the ancient Greeks peculiar, arbitrary, and unmotivated.’
    • ‘In linguistics the difference between a sign and a symbol is clear; for example words are signs (which can also be used symbolically) because their relation to the idea or concept is arbitrary and unmotivated.’
    • ‘So this was an untrained, undisciplined and unmotivated force that had no intention of attacking the townspeople.’
    • ‘My claim that noun gender lacks a symbolic function (at least with respect to inanimate nouns) should not be taken to imply that noun gender is utterly arbitrary and unmotivated.’
    • ‘To no apparent end they go straight ahead, engaging in haphazard, unmotivated acts that defy society's rules.’
    • ‘Riots do tend to be woefully imprecise, but they are generally not random or unmotivated.’
    • ‘It is futile to demand motivation from the Vice, or reasons for his actions, for the point about evil is that it is absurd, unmotivated, and inconsistent.’
    capricious, whimsical, random, chance, erratic, unpredictable, inconsistent, wild, hit-or-miss, haphazard, casual
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