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rudderless

[ ruhd-er-lis ]
/ ˈrʌd ər lɪs /
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(of a boat, ship, or aircraft) lacking a rudder, the device or structure used to change direction and steer: I love the story of Columba, a priest in sixth-century Ireland, who got into a rudderless boat and let God and providence take him where he was meant to be.
lacking purpose, leadership, moral principles, or anything else that might provide direction; aimless: The people are drifting and rudderless, without a vision to unify and motivate them and without a shared set of values.
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