Share this entry

Share this page

unmotivated

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

Definition of unmotivated in English:

adjective

1Not having interest in or enthusiasm for something, especially work or study: unmotivated, poorly taught children
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with unmotivated

self-motivated

Definition of unmotivated in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…