Definition of undirected in US English:



  • Lacking direction; without a particular aim, purpose, or target.

    ‘she was full of ineffectual undirected anger’
    • ‘In the following years, the Internet began to expand in a somewhat undirected manner, but the State Council still imposed controls on organizations involved with its development.’
    • ‘She stared up at the sky with her large, childish eyes in an undirected awe, ‘I will not see them, will I?’’
    • ‘But this would only demonstrate the need for a programmed mechanism to harness and direct the random, undirected energy, which is what creationists have been saying all along.’
    • ‘The relative tolerance and flexibility that he praises were spontaneous, informal, and undirected, without official interference.’
    • ‘This campaign, let it be said, was improvised, inconsistent, and undirected.’
    • ‘Every time I thought about where I was, I felt overwhelmed with fear, which turned into undirected anger, which turned to directed anger.’
    • ‘Critical thinking and creative problem-solving are certainly among the primary goals of a good education, but they are not developed casually in the course of an undirected exploration.’
    • ‘And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp.’
    • ‘Although unexplained weight loss in the elderly can have myriad causes, an undirected approach to laboratory tests and other diagnostic studies is rarely fruitful.’
    • ‘The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.’
    • ‘Even in biology, apparent purpose is now thought to arise from the undirected mechanism of natural selection acting on random genetic mutations.’
    • ‘Veblen objects to the principle of undirected markets.’
    • ‘‘It may help our conversion rates, but it could be very costly to get into undirected chat,’ he says.’
    • ‘In contrast, today's budding poets might seem insignificant and pointless, punch-drunk and undirected about content, style, identity.’
    • ‘You think that this was not an undirected incident.’
    • ‘Far below the layers of undirected but intense anger and randomized rebelliousness, Pennywillow did have a spark of romance in her soul.’
    • ‘This rambling, undirected story is about as far from a pub conversation or earnest late night chat as you can get, but it's closer to the real, deep Tom than either of those.’
    • ‘By this time, I was in my late teens, filled with fire myself, but an undirected fire, made up of the thrill of potential romantic passion and the fire of creation, for I was writing, writing, writing.’
    • ‘But it's undirected, not goal oriented, and slow.’
    • ‘All the evidence suggested that this was an undirected and therefore disorganized event.’
    unmethodical, uncoordinated, disorganized, unarranged, unplanned, unpremeditated, indiscriminate
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