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Definition of "rudderless" [rud•der•less]

  • Lacking in direction, control, or coherence: the confused and rudderless financial markets; characterized the administration's Central American policy as rudderless. (adjective)
  • Having no rudder. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rudderless" in a sentence
  • "Bertolaso who led rescue efforts inL'Aquila, criticised what he described as the rudderless and "military," nature of US earthquake assistance to the Caribbean nation."
  • "Though it's clear he's still unrepentent about how royally he's wrecked the town in his initial hoopla, and it's equally clear that he's still stuck on the "rudderless" setting that the Times accused him of last week."
  • "Clinton debilitated the military, Patterson claims, by downsizing it, trying to remove the ban on homosexuals and put women in combat roles, "gutting morale" with pay freezes and "rudderless" peace-keeping missions, and turning it into an "armed social services agency.""