Definition of unordered in English:



  • 1Not put in order; disorderly.

    • ‘In the liquid-unordered high temperature phase (fluid phase), hydrocarbon chain states are unordered and degenerate, and the crystalline order is lost.’
    • ‘As the sloppiness compounded both benches grew increasingly exercised by the unordered mess in front of them, Jefferies and Bill Brown in particular creating thermals with their physical histrionics.’
    • ‘This measures the degree to which items from a given category (event, story, or language) occur together (i.e., are clustered in recall, as compared to unordered or random ordering of lists of food words).’
    • ‘The level of population subdivision using unordered and ordered alleles was G ST, 0 • 34 and N ST, 0 • 46, respectively.’
    • ‘Anyway - potted history in the form of an unordered list.’
    • ‘It accepts ordered and unordered lists without trying to enclose them in paragraph tags.’
    • ‘All characters were treated as unordered because there was no consistent criterion on which to order them.’
    • ‘This analysis was run twice, once with all microstructural characters unordered, and a second time with the loss of laminar microstructures designated as irreversible.’
    • ‘Before I was doing navigation and subnavigation using nested div elements, but now everything is a nicely organized, unordered list styled with CSS.’
    • ‘And now there are so many other announcements that it's time for an unordered list.’
  • 2(of goods or services) not ordered.

    • ‘Don't return the unordered merchandise, either.’
    • ‘There aren't any definitive figures, but around three out of every four national papers are bought, unordered, from newsagents each morning.’
    • ‘The practice of dumping unordered cars on dealers is not thought illegal.’
    • ‘By February 1999, the warehouse system still couldn't track inventory, causing Department 56 to ship unordered merchandise, to fill and ship the same orders multiple times or to fail to ship orders completely.’
    • ‘When he set down a brimming but unordered glass before me with coffee one night, I remonstrated… mildly.’
    • ‘According to the Federal Trade Commission's latest calculations, complaints about unordered merchandise and services skyrocketed 169% from 1998 to 2000.’