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unlearned

adjective un·learned \-ˈlər-nəd for 1, 2, -ˈlərnd for 3\

—used to describe a type of behavior that is natural and does not have to be learned

: having or showing very little learning, education, or knowledge

Full Definition of UNLEARNED

1
:  possessing inadequate learning or education; especially :  deficient in scholarly attainments
2
:  characterized by or revealing ignorance
3
:  not gained by study or training

Examples of UNLEARNED

  1. <although the people of the farming community were largely an unlearned lot, they wanted an advanced education for their children>

First Known Use of UNLEARNED

14th century

Synonym Discussion of UNLEARNED

ignorant, illiterate, unlettered, untutored, unlearned mean not having knowledge. ignorant may imply a general condition or it may apply to lack of knowledge or awareness of a particular thing <an ignorant fool> <ignorant of nuclear physics>. illiterate applies to either an absolute or a relative inability to read and write <much of the population is still illiterate>. unlettered implies ignorance of the knowledge gained by reading <an allusion meaningless to the unlettered>. untutored may imply lack of schooling in the arts and ways of civilization <strange monuments built by an untutored people>. unlearned suggests ignorance of advanced subjects <poetry not for academics but for the unlearned masses>.

Rhymes with UNLEARNED

UNLEARNED Defined for Kids

unlearned

adjective un·learned

Definition of UNLEARNED for Kids

1
\ˌən-ˈlər-nəd\ :  not educated
2
\-ˈlərnd\ :  not based on experience :  instinctive <Breathing is unlearned behavior.>

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