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

a literary reference that could not be grasped by an uneducated person
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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uneducated was in 1598

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“Uneducated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uneducated. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: seriously lacking in education and especially in formal schooling

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