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  1. not organized; without organic structure.
  2. not formed into an organized or systematized whole: an unorganized essay.
  3. without definite boundaries: unorganized territory.
  4. not thinking or acting methodically.
  5. not belonging to or represented by a labor union: unorganized workers.

Origin of unorganized

First recorded in 1680–90; un-1 + organized
Can be confuseddisorganized unorganized


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2. casual, unsystematic, random, haphazard.
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Examples from the Web for unorganized

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  • Exception must be made, of course, of the unorganized sports of childhood.

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii

    Nathaniel Bright Emerson

  • Imitation of the living by the unorganized may, however, go a good way.

    Creative Evolution

    Henri Bergson

  • Between the organized and the unorganized they do not see and they will not see the cleft.

    Creative Evolution

    Henri Bergson

  • The understanding is at home in the domain of unorganized matter.

    Creative Evolution

    Henri Bergson

  • The nearest part of the unorganized West was adjacent to Missouri.

    The Last American Frontier</p>

    Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson

British Dictionary definitions for unorganized



  1. not arranged into an organized system, structure, or unity
  2. (of workers) not unionized
  3. nonliving; inorganic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for unorganized


1680s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of organize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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