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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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 The old senile Brits and the uneducated young were those who voted to leave, and those who were intelligent voted to remain. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "If America Is Divided, So Is Europe," 6 July 2018 Such dangers were not entirely confined to the uneducated inhabitants of the Celtic countryside. Longreads, "Fairy Scapegoats: A History of the Persecution of Changeling Children," 9 June 2018 Florida is using nearly $1 billion of your tax dollars to teach kids in voucher schools fake science and distorted history — all because uneducated charlatans have figured out how to intimidate state legislators. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida must stop paying $1 billion a year to 'educate' children in fringe religious nonsense," 9 June 2018 If uneducated, the Kellys were by no means desperately poor. Longreads, "Fairy Scapegoats: A History of the Persecution of Changeling Children," 9 June 2018 At first, this appears to be an understandable artistic choice: Ennis and Jack, who meet as summer sheepherders on Brokeback Mountain, are rough, uneducated boys, unused to expressing their deepest feelings. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Brokeback Mountain’ Review: Star-Crossed Singing Cowboys," 4 June 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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