un·​der·​ed·​u·​cat·​ed | \ˌən-dər-ˈe-jə-ˌkā-təd \

Definition of undereducated 

: poorly educated

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But the case of Cixi — who was isolated, undereducated and never made a break for personal freedom — is a hard argument to make. New York Times, "Was This Powerful Chinese Empress a Feminist Trailblazer?," 10 July 2018 Many of Detroit's children have parents who are either undereducated or have difficulty reading. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "If Detroit's leaders don't want to talk race, then talk schools," 29 May 2018 One in five youths don’t get daily physical activity, putting them increasingly at risk of being undereducated and unhealthy. Tylisa Johnson, Philly.com, "Too few Philly kids get to play sports. A new initiative hopes to change that," 27 June 2018 Their laudable appeal to have-nots at the bottom of the pile, both free and unfree, meant that bishops had a citizen-army of pumped-up, undereducated young men ready to rid the world of sin. Bettany Hughes, New York Times, "How Christians Destroyed the Ancient World," 8 June 2018 Currently, Liberty County has a large population between 25-40 that is underpaid and undereducated. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Lee College rep explains the Rebel advantage," 29 Mar. 2018 If such policies and practices actually worked to educate students who are undereducated, that might not be cause for concern. Longreads, "The Great Online School Scam," 21 Feb. 2018 Xi’s ability to create a Chinese economic juggernaut, which is what many in the West incorrectly believe exists now, is not possible given the poor, undereducated state of so many of his countrymen. Therese Shaheen, National Review, "The Digital Emperor of China’s Surveillance State," 25 Jan. 2018 Pity the employees who may know more than their undereducated bosses. WSJ, "Emotion and Feeling Beat Critical Thinking," 17 Dec. 2017

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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