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unformed

[uhn-fawrmd] /ʌnˈfɔrmd/
adjective
1.
not definitely shaped; shapeless or formless.
2.
undeveloped; crude.
3.
not formed; not created.
Origin of unformed
1275-1325
First recorded in 1275-1325, unformed is from the Middle English word unfourmed. See un-1, form, -ed2
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  • Its style is unformed, sometimes rhetorical, sometimes familiar.

  • How mighty the influence of which the unformed minds of a group of children are susceptible!

    The Teacher Jacob Abbott
  • And then the thought first came to my mind, all unformed, but still sweet.

    The Light of Scarthey

    Egerton Castle
  • I was only an ignorant, silly, unformed girl, and you were so different.

    The Making of a Soul

    Kathlyn Rhodes
  • But she had to admit there was no telling what the mushrooms might do to Floating Lily's unformed spirit.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • He perceived the quality of Renee's unformed character which he could not express.

  • They are more at home with the unformed, which lends itself to feeling and imagination.

  • And there, in the midst of them, lay a note addressed with my name in a big, unformed hand.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • Thought ended there; and feeling, which is unformed thought, began.

    A Modern Chronicle, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for unformed

unformed

/ʌnˈfɔːmd/
adjective
1.
shapeless
2.
immature
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Word Origin and History for unformed
adj.

early 14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of form (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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