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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Recent Examples on the Web Wild like humans ate for 99% of their history: hunting and gathering undomesticated and uncultivated foods. Rien Fertel, WSJ, "‘Feasting Wild’ Review: To Taste the Untamed," 24 Aug. 2020 As wild places across the world vanish, so, too, do undomesticated or uncultivated plant and animal species. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Dangers of Space, Military Rivals and Other New Books to Read," 8 June 2020 One resident sent pictures of the uncultivated land to a French aid agency, which agreed to plant fruit trees in the village and help build sturdier concrete homes for families. Bhadra Sharma, New York Times, "As Himalayas Warm, Nepal’s Climate Migrants Struggle to Survive," 5 Apr. 2020 This was a reference to Tate’s bearing, and his shamanistic attributes, which are deeply rooted, perhaps even innate, and yet not uncultivated. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Survivor’s Guilt in the Mountains," 24 Feb. 2020 Unlike the former study, this one incorporated many uncultivated microbes. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "The tree of life may have only two major branches once again," 17 Dec. 2019 Africa also has much of the world’s remaining uncultivated land. The Economist, "Brazil and Japan plotted a farming revolution in Mozambique," 14 Nov. 2019 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

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First Known Use of uncultivated

1646, in the meaning defined above

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“Uncultivated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncultivated. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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