I'm writing on an english article in the domain of navigation and geographic routing. I have a use case for targetless navigation but I'm unsure if the term is the correct choise. I see targetless is an existing word in the english language, and it literally means without target.

In my specific use case, and in the oppisite to a traditional A-to-B navigation like you use in your car, I'm looking for a term or phrase that descibres the state that

  • I'm in a explorative navigation mode
  • I'm free to go where I want (as long as I can reach it somehow)
  • Describes something scientists call A-to-N navigation [1]

Is targetless navigation the term I'm looking for?

[1] The correct scientific term is the single source shortest path (SSSP) problem class in case anyone wants to read up on that matter.

  • If you're not trying to reach a destination, you could be said to be wandering or meandering or roaming. If you're looking for jargon, your question would be better posed elsewhere such as a math forum. Target is not really a synonym for destination, and so "targetless" misses the mark.
    – TimR
    Nov 10, 2016 at 11:50
  • Do you have any knowledge whatsoever of these paths, beyond the fact that they exist, before you take them? Direction? Distance? Attendant conditions?
    – TimR
    Nov 10, 2016 at 12:17
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    Aimless is much more idiomatic than targetless.
    – stangdon
    Nov 10, 2016 at 12:49
  • Directionless, perhaps?
    – Mick
    Nov 10, 2016 at 12:57
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    "aimless" is used in the phrase "wander aimlessly"
    – eques
    Nov 10, 2016 at 16:23

2 Answers 2


If something that normally takes a target does not have that target set yet, try untargeted.

Though this can also refer to something that is not yet targeted by anything as well.


If you are ok with something informal, you could use the neologism "destinationless"

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