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

Definition of undereducated

: poorly educated

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But Alsallal says part of the problem is that government officials are often undereducated, underpaid, and lack the technical skills for understanding and dealing with a rapidly changing startup scene. Miriam Berger, Vox, "Why innovative tech startups are thriving across the Middle East," 1 Oct. 2018 Automation didn’t cause the middle class to flee California, turn public schools into social-justice encampments instead of institutions of learning or necessitate the importation of an undereducated, economically disadvantaged servant class. WSJ, "Universal Income, Incentives and Well-Being," 28 Oct. 2018 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

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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