adrift
adverb or adjective Date: 1624 1. without motive power and without anchor or mooring <
a boat adrift on the sea
>
2. without ties, guidance, or security <
people morally adrift
>
3. free from restraint or support

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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