Definition of artless
- an artless brute
- an artless attempt to win votes
- artless grace
- an artless young woman
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Her simple artless charm won us over instantly.
a genuine and artless girl
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Artless, ingenuous, and naive all refer to freedom from pretension or calculation, but there are subtle differences in their uses. Ingenuous implies an inability to disguise or conceal one's feelings, while naive suggests a credulous lack of worldly wisdom. Artless generally indicates an appearance of utter naturalness, one in which a person is (or seems to be) innocent of the effect of his or her speech or behavior on others.
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