Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Unskilled; inexpert.
  • adj. Obsolete Ignorant.

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  • adj. Not skillful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not skillful; inexperienced; awkward; bungling.
  • adj. Lacking discernment; injudicious; ignorant.

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  • adj. poorly done

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Examples

  • Germans [34] have been described as unskillful in the management of the horse and the lance, but on foot they formed a strong and impenetrable phalanx; and neither man, nor steed, nor armor, could resist the weight of their long and two-handed swords.

    History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire — Volume 5

  • The Germans have been described as unskillful in the management of the horse and the lance, but on foot they formed a strong and impenetrable phalanx; and neither man, nor steed, nor armor, could resist the weight of their long and two-handed swords.

    History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire — Volume 5

  • How does the Buddhist concept of behavior that is "unskillful" a term that Armstrong uses throughout the bookrelate to our relations with others and to our intentions in everyday life?

    The Great Transformation by Karen Armstrong: Questions

  • We all do or say things that are "unskillful," to throw out a popular "Buddhistism" that I think too many people use without really understanding, but we can't stop living or speaking because we may break a precept or fail to practice "right speech."

    About.com Buddhism

  • Now this overdone, or come tardy off, though it make the unskillful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve, the censure of the which one must in your allowance o'erweigh a whole theatre of others.

    George Heymont: Laying a Clear Dramatic Foundation

  • The presence of skillful strategy for alerting the community has the double benefit of healing wounds and helping preventing future harm; while an unskillful strategy is no better at prevention and compounds the injury.

    Deborah Schoeberlein: When Victims Become Guilty by Association

  • While one can disagree with the sometimes unskillful ways in which some of the Facebook practices were changed or initiated, the larger debate in my mind, centers around the question of, why the need for privacy to begin with?

    Marguerite Manteau-Rao: What Would the Buddha Say to Mark Zuckerberg?

  • Each of us has our own pattern of unconscious reactivity, usually some combination of the three “unskillful means” discussed in the last chapter: grasping, aversion, and mindlessness.

    The Chemistry of Calm

  • Since it creates such internal distress to feel so bad about ourselves, we try various unskillful strategies to relieve ourselves of this discomfort.

    The Chemistry of Calm

  • Those that are not well-meaning, are generally uninformed, misinformed, or unskillful in their thinking.

    The 14th Banker: Year-End Perspective on Corruption

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