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unsophisticated

adjective un·so·phis·ti·cat·ed \ˌən-sə-ˈfis-tə-ˌkā-təd\

: not having or showing a lot of experience and knowledge about the world and about culture, art, literature, etc.

: not highly developed or complex

Full Definition of UNSOPHISTICATED

:  not sophisticated: as
a :  not changed or corrupted :  genuine
b (1) :  not worldly-wise :  lacking social or economic sophistication
(2) :  lacking complexity of structure :  simple, straightforward <an unsophisticated analysis> <unsophisticated rhythms>
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Examples of UNSOPHISTICATED

  1. She was innocent and unsophisticated when she left for college.
  2. <mistakenly believed that the tribe was unsophisticated and would sell their land for a fraction of its worth>

First Known Use of UNSOPHISTICATED

1630

Synonym Discussion of UNSOPHISTICATED

natural, ingenuous, naive, unsophisticated, artless mean free from pretension or calculation. natural implies lacking artificiality and self-consciousness and having a spontaneousness suggesting the natural rather than the man-made world <her unaffected, natural manner>. ingenuous implies inability to disguise or conceal one's feelings or intentions <the ingenuous enthusiasm of children>. naive suggests lack of worldly wisdom often connoting credulousness and unchecked innocence <politically naive>. unsophisticated implies a lack of experience and training necessary for social ease and adroitness <unsophisticated adolescents>. artless suggests a naturalness resulting from unawareness of the effect one is producing on others <artless charm>.

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