un·​ed·​u·​cat·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈe-jə-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce uneducated (audio) \

Definition of uneducated

: having or showing little or no formal schooling : not educated Owing to my father being left an orphan at the age of six years, in poverty, and in a new country, he became a wholly uneducated man.— Abraham Lincoln an uneducated attitude

Examples of uneducated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For all of his self-ridicule about being an uneducated hick, Bird would prove to have the best grasp of the reporter-player relationship of all the Celtics players during my time covering the team. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Nov. 2021 From my uneducated perspective, the experience and the thrill of driving a Porsche carried from one technology to the other. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 29 Oct. 2021 The greater danger to the public’s trust in science comes not from the uneducated but from politicians and journalists who claim to speak in the name of science. Gary Saul Morson, WSJ, 11 Oct. 2021 The words DaBaby used were ignorant, violent, and uneducated. Cory Andersen, Billboard, 29 July 2021 Remote learning exposed the reality of American education: that too many students are being left uneducated and unprepared for college or the workplace. Anika Prather, National Review, 22 Sep. 2021 And there's too many young people, uneducated young people, with guns. CBS News, 29 Aug. 2021 Training was barely eight weeks for new, generally uneducated men. BostonGlobe.com, 31 Aug. 2021 As for the spoken word, there are so many instances where people sound uneducated. Washington Post, 28 June 2021

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First Known Use of uneducated

1598, in the meaning defined above

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“Uneducated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uneducated. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of uneducated

: having or showing little or no formal schooling : not educated


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

Kids Definition of uneducated

1 : lacking in education and especially schooling
2 : based on little or no knowledge or fact an uneducated guess

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