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

  • adj. Having no motive or incentive: unmotivated students; an unmotivated episode in a movie.

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  • adj. Lacking motivation, without impetus to strive or excel.

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  • adj. without motivation


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  • In a national poll, that year conducted by National Public Radio NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University's Kennedy School, a majority of Americans repeatedly tossed out the terms "unmotivated," "lacked aspirations to get ahead," and "didn't work hard enough" to describe the downtrodden.

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  • Zaborsky, she said, was "unmotivated" to help police, and his comments on the 911 call were "eyebrow-raising" and "calculated."

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  • Descriptions like "unmotivated" and "not giving a great deal of effort" clearly are big red flags.

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  • In that last post, reader Nash Rambler predicted that Eyjafjallajökull was simply "unmotivated" and would someday "graduate from college, throw out the bong and Snoop Dogg posters, and wipe out an Italian city".

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  • The New York art world has become so dependent on "the latest thing" that aesthetic change becomes "unmotivated" except by the need for individual artists to enter the system that confers purpose on their work.

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  • On the positive side, educators can no longer ignore or "write off" those students who were previously referred to as "unmotivated," "slow," or "problem" students because the law requires 100 percent of students, including disadvantaged and special needs students, to reach the proficient or the advanced levels by 2014.

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  • Teachers blame uninvolved parents for their apparent lack of concern for their child's development; administrative leaders blame unmotivated principals and teachers for student failure; and parents and students blame boring and uninspiring lessons from disconnected teachers for failures.

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  • It is horrible feeling unmotivated … .. but you have written a lovely piece for your blog (to go with your other thought-provoking daily offerings which are delivered regularly), well done.

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  • Even normally active people who skip a week of workouts begin to feel sluggish, lethargic, and unmotivated.

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  • We all still have plenty of unmotivated -- or at least undermotivated -- students who come to school to "kick it" with their friends and sometimes try to disrupt the learning of others or don't come to school much at all.

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