Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm looking for one word that expresses lack of information, lack of knowledge and lack of guidance. The word is an adverb.

It could be used in a sentence like so:

He was working on a project ...

Proactively is close, but it's not what I'm looking for.

share|improve this question

closed as not a real question by MετάEd, Robusto, tchrist, Lynn, Mitch Nov 6 '12 at 19:09

It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form. For help clarifying this question so that it can be reopened, visit the help center.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

    
'unsupervised', 'independently'. –  Mitch Nov 6 '12 at 15:58
1  
How would proactively be close to that concept? –  Robusto Nov 6 '12 at 16:16
    
Robusto, what I'm looking for has a quality of being proactive in terms of embarking on a task/journey even though the exact path is not known. Think of Frodo in Lord of the Rings, he went onto a journey proactively even though he didn't know the way to Mordor. –  Pompair Nov 6 '12 at 16:53
    
At my company, doing so is the status quo. :) –  JLG Nov 6 '12 at 17:08
    
@Pompair - Proactive means acting in advance or with initiative. I don't think Frodo is a stellar example of someone being proactive, but even if he were - it wouldn't have anything to do with him knowing the way (or not). I'm voting to close because it's kind of a fishing expedition for 'guess what I'm thinking', and I think that's not constructive. –  Lynn Nov 6 '12 at 18:22
show 3 more comments

2 Answers 2

"Blindly" is what instantly comes to mind for me.

share|improve this answer
1  
Yes - except I'd actually say "I'm working blind on this project", rather than blindly (even though the word is being used adverbially). –  FumbleFingers Nov 6 '12 at 17:47
add comment

Extemporaneously:

In an extemporaneous manner; without prior preparation or planning.

Considering that he was speaking extemporaneously, he covered the subject pretty well.

Offhandedly is another candidate. The thesaurus has an entry for extemporaneous which should point to other choices.

share|improve this answer
    
This is good, very close to what I'm looking for, alas it's not the word I'm looking for. I heard the word years ago and I know I recognise it when I see it. Do you have any other synonyms for this? PS: the word is not included in the list of synonyms in the linked thesaurus. –  Pompair Nov 6 '12 at 15:59
add comment

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.