un·​cul·​ti·​vat·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈkəl-tə-ˌvā-təd How to pronounce uncultivated (audio) \

Definition of uncultivated

: not cultivated: such as
a : not put under cultivation : not tilled uncultivated land uncultivated fields
b : lacking in education or refinement : uncultured … a warmhearted, decent, uncultivated fellow …— Pauline Kael
c : growing or developing without care an uncultivated plant
d : not developed by training or effort an uncultivated talent While sources went uncultivated and leaks dried up, the capital's best reporters were caught by other stories …— Richard Behar

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Synonyms & Antonyms for uncultivated


natural, untamed, virgin, wild


cultivated, tamed

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Some predictions foresee a 40% increase in uncultivated land in the next two to three years, and more in the coming years. AZCentral.com, "Summer storms are a spectacle, but the dust in them is hazardous to your health," 18 June 2019 If the property is unfenced and uncultivated, it must be posted at all corners, and boundaries that intersect navigable streams, roads, gates and rights of way, or posted in a way that a reasonable person would know it’s private property. Eric Barker, idahostatesman, "Headed outdoors? Make sure you know about Idaho's new trespassing law," 9 July 2018 The windowless concrete building, strewn with graffiti and uncultivated greenery, is where the migrants now sleep, eat, play and get doctor’s help. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Fleeing migrants turn to war-scarred Bosnia," 18 May 2018 Cars have gone unwashed, toilets unflushed and gardens uncultivated in the all-hands-on-deck effort of Capetonians to save water, driven by social pressure as much as the city’s very public campaign. NBC News, "Cape Town's water disaster averted due to public shaming, police crackdown," 7 May 2018 Africa has over 60 percent of the world’s fertile but uncultivated land while importing $35 billion to $50 billion in food per year, the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa says . Tom Odula, The Seattle Times, "‘Can you dig it?’ Africa reality show draws youth to farming," 12 Feb. 2018 Invasive plants often take over uncultivated areas rooted up by hogs, VerCauteren noted. Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, "Feral hog poison field tests in Texas, Alabama in 2018," 26 Dec. 2017 Villages became ghost towns; fields were uncultivated because their farmers were too weak to work; corpses lay unburied in streets and country lanes. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Red Famine' chronicles the ruin wrought upon Ukraine by Josef Stalin," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of uncultivated

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uncultivated was in 1646

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English Language Learners Definition of uncultivated

: not prepared or used for growing crops or plants : not cultivated

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food or victuals

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