Definition of unanchored in US English:



  • Not anchored or securely fixed.

    • ‘They spoke quietly of how they wanted to go someday, to move about, free and unanchored, not toward something but away from something.’
    • ‘That life raft still drifts, aimless and unanchored, on the surface of the vast and roiling ocean that is the self.’
    • ‘Although this gives the music space, it can also leave it dangerously unanchored, especially when the trio opt for a straight groove.’
    • ‘The Man Without a Past is a fable about strange, unanchored people, negotiating the rickety but promising world around them.’
    • ‘Such storms can flood coastal roads and damage piers, trees and unanchored mobile homes but rarely cause structural damage.’
    • ‘California's most distinctive social upheavals, however, are neither those of the working class nor those of the lumpens, but those that the broader, unanchored white middle class supports on Election Day.’
    • ‘Inside and outside merge as bottles and jars seem to float unanchored amid tangled branches.’
    • ‘An originalist Court could even overturn some of those victories as unanchored in the Constitution.’
    • ‘The desperate attempt to comprehend events is reflected in the intensification of a search for meaning as signification becomes unanchored and multiplies.’
    • ‘The small self has everything to lose because it is all an unanchored project to begin with.’
    • ‘As with Dostoyevsky and Kafka, nameless guilt, one unanchored in some particular deed, produces the worst suffering.’
    • ‘No wonder this hypothetical patient feels so much at sea, and the conversation so unanchored.’
    • ‘This unanchored feeling is exaggerated by the way the picture is cropped.’
    • ‘I was becoming unanchored from reality, alternating between being shut morosely in my room and wild, anarchic sociability.’
    • ‘A number of us critiqued the fantasy of unanchored choice in poetry, and in the marketplace.’
    • ‘There were more than glimmers of greatness in Brando's later films but unanchored, floating, like the image of Kurtz in the jungle or Corleone in the hallowed gloom of his study.’
    • ‘But eventually even Willie, naive and unanchored as he is, realises that he must leave.’
    • ‘The large and unanchored uneasiness I feel about it is that we may not get through this century.’
    • ‘The specificity of these identities becomes very existential and contingent on the dramatic nexus of nomadic media events and images unanchored from historical and social contexts.’
    • ‘Everything that would make us care about it - the characters and their facts, for example - flutter off unanchored like abandoned kites.’
    drifting, unmoored
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