Definition of unmotivated in English:


Line breaks: un|moti¦vated
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈməʊtɪveɪtɪd


1Not having interest in or enthusiasm for something, especially work or study: unmotivated, poorly taught children
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  • Apathetic patients become unmotivated and uninterested in their surroundings.
  • She talked about the despair of older generations of Americans that young people in America today don't vote because they're uninterested, unmotivated, and even just plain dumb.
  • Just because we think of today's youngsters as passive and unmotivated, cynical and bored, distracted and preoccupied, does not mean they could not become part of a major social upheaval.
2Without a reason or motive: an unmotivated attack
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  • He said that the attack seemed completely unmotivated though the woman slated them as ‘posh bastards’.
  • But the moral assessment of persons with respect to their ‘sexuality’ that is so ubiquitous in the modern world would have seemed to the ancient Greeks peculiar, arbitrary, and unmotivated.
  • In linguistics the difference between a sign and a symbol is clear; for example words are signs (which can also be used symbolically) because their relation to the idea or concept is arbitrary and unmotivated.

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