American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lacking in direction, control, or coherence: the confused and rudderless financial markets; characterized the administration's Central American policy as rudderless.
- adj. Having no rudder.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having no rudder: as, a rudderless craft.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Without a rudder.
- adj. aimlessly drifting
“Bertolaso who led rescue efforts inL'Aquila, criticised what he described as the rudderless and "military," nature of US earthquake assistance to the Caribbean nation.”
“Though it's clear he's still unrepentent about how royally he's wrecked the town in his initial hoopla, and it's equally clear that he's still stuck on the "rudderless" setting that the Times accused him of last week.”
“Clinton debilitated the military, Patterson claims, by downsizing it, trying to remove the ban on homosexuals and put women in combat roles, "gutting morale" with pay freezes and "rudderless" peace-keeping missions, and turning it into an "armed social services agency.”
“Such non-attached people are "rudderless" and thus difficult to lead.”
“A smattering of skilled leaders handled things way back compared to the "rudderless" kind under Greenspan and today.”
“It communicates the unequivocal message that our movement is neither "rudderless" nor "at sea" about anything of importance to the further advance of the national democratic revolution, and the achievement of the goal of a better life for all.”
“On the same day that the newspaper in question invented a "rudderless" ANC, our Secretary General, Kgalema Motlanthe, issued the Statement of the May ANC NEC meeting, about which this newspaper had decided to initiate a negative and pre-emptive speculative process.”
“They will know that the assertions made about the ANC being "rudderless" and "at sea", threatened with the possibility not to "survive intact", are nothing more than a manifestation of the phenomenon of wishes being father to the thought, signifying an intention to transform such wishes into reality!”
“These masses will therefore be deeply concerned to discover that so soon after they made their view very clear in free and fair democratic elections, and contrary to what they know, their trusted political representative, the ANC, is "rudderless", "at sea", may over the next 18 months not "survive intact", and may be "torn to shreds".”
“It was in this context that the newspaper made the determination that the ANC is "rudderless" and "at sea".”
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