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

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By contrast, Davenport (1927–2005) hailed from Anderson, S.C., as part of a poor, relatively uneducated working-class family. Michael Dirda, National Review, "The Exhilarating Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner," 25 July 2019 Non-voters are relatively uneducated, young and non-white. The Economist, "If everyone had voted, Hillary Clinton would probably be president," 5 July 2019 Today, hundreds of Afghan women, mostly poor and uneducated, are serving sentences for crimes such as prostitution or drug smuggling, but rarely for acts of serious violence. Washington Post, "In male-dominated Afghanistan, justice for women is complicated," 24 June 2019 People associated bachata with the poor and uneducated, and the music was informally banned from national broadcasting. Annika Hom, BostonGlobe.com, "A Dominican Republic primer," 19 June 2019 Plenty of people are still uneducated about the health hazards that can come from tanning or going outside without proper sun protection (see: someone who's had 86 skin cancer removal surgeries). Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "How to Protect Your Skin From the Sun Like a Dermatologist This Summer," 12 June 2019 Then, in an instant, Arturo’s idyll ends: Wilhelm brings home from the mainland a new wife, an uneducated, simple girl who, at age 16, is not much older than Arturo. Lily Tuck, WSJ, "‘Arturo’s Island’ Review: Childhood’s End," 22 Feb. 2019 Others argue that forcing apathetic or uneducated citizens to vote steers the nation’s political destiny toward populism. Tacey Rychter, The Seattle Times, "Australia tells America: Here’s how to fix your voting system," 22 Oct. 2018 People with this archaic outlook are either misinformed, uneducated, or bigoted. Vogue, "Teddy Quinlivan: Why I’m Standing Up Against Trump’s Anti-Trans Agenda," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of uneducated

1598, in the meaning defined above

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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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