She knows her way in life.
She knows what's good for her and what is bad.
In short - she is **oriented**.
Is this a possible and correct use of the word "oriented"?


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    'Balanced' and 'grounded' have achieved 'detached' (standalone) metaphor status. She's grounded. Aug 25, 2020 at 11:32

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The word disoriented (usually disorientated in the UK) certainly has a well-known metaphorical usage.

disoriented [adjective] [US] [also mainly UK disorientated)

  • confused and not knowing where to go or what to do

[Cambridge Dictionary]


  • having lost one's sense of time, place, or identity



However, the antonym (fully grounded and knowing where you're going [in life]) is not oriented but well-oriented.

An example from Linked in:

Arlene is a very well oriented person. She keeps a positive attitude and always exceeds her achievement. Arlene stays dedicated to her work and always stay ahead of her work. I can rely on her for advice and knowing what to expect in the work field because she already is employed in the medical field.

And an example from a CV on fiverr.com:

I'm an innovative, highly motivated, organized, and well-oriented person.

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    Neither of the examples proposed for well-orientated uses a form with that redundant -ta- syllable (as in preventative for preventive); and only one hyphenates the well. Aug 25, 2020 at 12:34
  • Oops, slipping into English English. Well-orientated is the form usually (though it's not that common a usage) encountered in the UK, and the hyphen is usual, at least when the compound adjective is used prenominally. Aug 25, 2020 at 14:14
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    I cannot find dictionary warrant for OP's proposed usage, but I wonder if it might pass and be understood in a kind of semi-jocose way--like couth, kempt, and gruntled, jocose but intelligible coinages formed by removing negative prefixes from words already in common use. OP's proposed oriented could conceivably stand in that relation to disoriented. But oriented is otherwise too common a word for that. Aug 25, 2020 at 19:47

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