Definition of unrigorous in English:



  • Not thorough, careful, or strictly applied.

    ‘I hold to an extremely loose and unrigorous version of this rule’
    ‘the medical societies dismissed the practice as unrigorous and unethical’
    • ‘Several scholars have voiced doubts about his translations for the Hakluyt Society, all done freely with a view to quick publication but unrigorous and even careless.’
    • ‘Many historians seem to regard folklore as an ill-defined and unrigorous subject.’
    • ‘Academics were particularly horrified that Jencks and his colleagues should invoke such an unscientific and unrigorous concept as luck, which is associated with fairground fortune tellers and children who avoid cracks in the pavement.’
    • ‘The practice of friends getting together for long, informal and unrigorous conversations, may be dead or dying in Calcutta, but it's alive and well in Bangladesh.’
    • ‘It is typical of Marx's unrigorous mind that he should leave the answer ambiguous, as if commerce could exist independently of the people carrying it on.’
    • ‘They seemed to flaunt a kind of unfocused and unrigorous intensity that in almost any academic-dance classroom would be considered bad style.’
    • ‘His books are unrigorous and deceptive.’
    • ‘Philosophy, the very term, rests on two very human and very unrigorous terms: wisdom, which nobody knows what it is, and the love of it, the most ultimately subjective and unrigorous experience of them all.’
    vague, indefinite, inexact, imprecise, ill-defined, unrigorous, unmeticulous