Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not brought into focus.
  • adjective Not centered on anything specific.

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  • adjective Not focused

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  • adjective (of an image) not being in or brought into focus
  • adjective not concentrated at one point or upon one objective

Etymologies

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un- +‎ focused

Examples

  • Where no focused interaction occurs, the term unfocused gathering can be used.

    Behavior in Public Places

  • President Obama made clear during five wide-ranging television interviews Sunday that he had firmly turned the page on the George W. Bush administration's foreign policy, which he described as unfocused and "adrift" in Afghanistan as well as outdated in its approach to a possible Iranian missile threat.

    The Washington Times stories: Latest Headlines

  • To call this unfocused is simply a misstatement of the facts.

    Obama Speaks of NASA Being Adrift - NASA Watch

  • "That challenged our guys because we knew that they might have come in unfocused and looking ahead to Ohio State," Grobe said.

    USATODAY.com

  • Israel’s coarse arrogance and fiendishly systematic brutalization of the Palestinian people has led to a numb outrage that tends to erupt in unfocused ways.

    Matthew Yglesias » Ground Attack

  • What’s making this year’s show feel so unfocused is that the individual corporations want to deal, but they’re not sure at all – it seems to me – how the business models work out exactly.

    Death of the Corporation - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

  • What’s making this year’s show feel so unfocused is that the individual corporations want to deal, but they’re not sure at all – it seems to me – how the business models work out exactly.

    Death of the Corporation - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

  • I mean, he's kind of a, you know, I guess, a little bit unfocused, which is sort of part of his genius, but here, it doesn't necessarily serve him all that well.

    Lil Wayne, My Morning Jacket Release New CDs

  • I mean, he's kind of a, you know, I guess, a little bit unfocused, which is sort of part of his genius, but here, it doesn't necessarily serve him all that well.

    Lil Wayne, My Morning Jacket Release New CDs

  • I mean, he's kind of a, you know, I guess, a little bit unfocused, which is sort of part of his genius, but here, it doesn't necessarily serve him all that well.

    Lil Wayne, My Morning Jacket Release New CDs

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