Definition of rudderless in English:



  • 1Lacking a rudder.

    • ‘They are a further step in the development of the lean, low profile, rudderless boat designs originally made famous by British kayak designers and sought after by expeditioners all over the world.’
    • ‘The boat is rudderless; instead it has a nozzle surrounding the propeller that turns 22 degrees off center to port or starboard.’
    1. 1.1 Lacking a clear sense of one's aims or principles.
      ‘today's leadership is rudderless’
      • ‘Neither side had the cohesion or the confidence to take control of a rudderless contest.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But doesn't all this leave us dangerously rudderless, drifting on relativistic seas?’
      • ‘Entering their thirties, the men are stuck in adolescence, rudderless, jobless, and harboring dreams of escaping their small town - dreams they never act on.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The responsibility for unrelenting global crisis and hardship lies more appropriately with a rudderless global financial system drifting hopelessly without a solid anchor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All attempts by the director and the screenwriter to avoid convention and cliché leave the film rudderless, floundering until it becomes downright disturbing.’
      • ‘The government seems rudderless, stumbling around looking for an agenda.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Natasha's trying to make sense of the new, rudderless Russia.’
      • ‘The government has been directionless and rudderless.’
      • ‘The Balto outfit looked rudderless, lacking direction, which to a certain degree they were.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But it is not entirely clear who is in charge - the whole project appears rudderless.’