What is another word for directionless?

Pronunciation: [da͡ɪɹˈɛkʃənləs] (IPA)

The word "directionless" is often used to describe a lack of purpose or aim. There are a number of synonyms that could be used to convey a similar meaning. For instance, the word "aimless" suggests a lack of direction or goal. "Lost" can be used to describe someone who is unsure of what they want or where they are going. "Adrift" is another word that can be used to describe a lack of direction or purpose. "Confused" is a synonym that suggests someone who is unable to make a decision because they are uncertain about what they want. There are many other synonyms for "directionless," each of which can be used to convey slightly different shades of meaning.

Synonyms for Directionless:

What are the hypernyms for Directionless?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the opposite words for directionless?

The opposite of directionless is directional or purposeful. Directional implies having a clear goal, target, or destination in mind. Purposeful connotes having a strong sense of intention or motivation towards a particular objective or outcome. Other opposite words for directionless may include focused, purpose-driven, goal-oriented, directed, guided, and determined. These words suggest that an individual or organization has a clear idea of where they're headed and what they want to achieve. Having direction and purpose can bring meaning and focus to one's life, work, and relationships, as well as providing a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.

Usage examples for Directionless

Coming on top of the nerve-racking events of the night, it left them dazed and directionless.
"The Bat"
Avery Hopwood Mary Roberts Rinehart
There would be the same perennial ringing in his ears as when he was at the hospital broken at her hand, in the driveway locked out of his own home, in the hotel room womanless, alone, forlorn, lost, and directionless, half hoping to become a nice couple's foundling at the train station.
"An Apostate: Nawin of Thais"
Steven Sills
Above them came a whirring noise, and Burl looked up to see the masts withdrawing into the building, their discs presumably left flat and directionless.
"The Secret of the Ninth Planet"
Donald Allen Wollheim

Famous quotes with Directionless

  • The history of most fossil species includes two features particularly inconsistent with gradualism: 1. Most species exhibit no directional change during their tenure on earth. They appear in the fossil record looking much the same as when they disappear; morphological change is usually limited and directionless. 2. In any local area, a species does not arise gradually by the steady transformation of its ancestors; it appears all at once and “fully formed.”
    Stephen Jay Gould
  • Life is a b movie. It's stupid and it's strange, A directionless story, And the dialogue is lame. But in the he said, she said, Sometimes there's some poetry, If you turn your back long enough, And let it happen naturally.
    Ani DiFranco
  • No one thinks or feels or appreciates or lives a mental-emotional-imaginative life at all, except in terms of the artificial reference-points supply'd him by the enveloping body of race-tradition and heritage into which he is born. We form an emotionally realisable picture of the external world, and an emotionally endurable set of illusions as to values and directions in existence, solely and exclusively through the arbitrary concepts and folkways bequeathed to us through our traditional culture-stream. Without this stream around us we are absolutely adrift in a meaningless and irrelevant chaos which has not the least capacity to give us any satisfaction apart from the trifling animal ones . . . Without our nationality—that is, our culture-grouping—we are merely wretched nuclei of agony and bewilderment in the midst of alien and directionless emptiness . . . We have an Aryan heritage, a Western-European heritage, a Teutonic-Celtic heritage, an Anglo-Saxon or English heritage, an Anglo-American heritage, and so on—but we can't detach one layer from another without serious loss—loss of a sense of significance and orientation in the world. America without England is absolutely meaningless to a civilised man of any generation yet grown to maturity. The breaking of the saving tie is leaving these colonies free to build up a repulsive new culture of money, speed, quantity, novelty, and industrial slavery, but that future culture is not ours, and has no meaning for us . . . Possibly the youngest generation already born and mentally active—boys of ten to fifteen—will tend to belong to it, as indeed a widespread shift in their tastes and instincts and loyalties would seem to indicate. But to say all this has anything to do with us is a joke! These boys are the Bedes and Almins of a new, encroaching, and apparently inferior culture. We are the Boëthii and Symmachi and Cassiodori of an older and perhaps dying culture. It is to our interest to keep our own culture alive as long as we can—and if possible to reserve and defend certain areas against the onslaughts of the enemy.
    H. P. Lovecraft

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