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I am writing a memo (quite formal) and I need to mention that the attitudes in the previous meeting were really offtopic, the team didn't focus on the important matters.

Were it informal writing I would use go all round the houses. Which expression would be adequate for a formal context?

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Why not say that "the attitudes in the previous meeting where really off topic"? –  Dmitry Brant Apr 18 '13 at 14:40
Because that's a little too direct. –  pdjota Apr 18 '13 at 14:43
Are you the leader of this team? If so, then you should be direct. –  Dmitry Brant Apr 18 '13 at 14:44
It is not about a position, it is about directness, but thanks for your concern. –  pdjota Apr 18 '13 at 19:30
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You could say unproductive or unfocused.

Not so ong ago, you could have used the word inappropriate, but that is nowadays a suggestive catch-all for anything awkward, lewd, rude or lecherous.

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