un·​in·​tel·​li·​gent ˌən-in-ˈte-lə-jənt How to pronounce unintelligent (audio)
: lacking intelligence : not intelligent
an unintelligent remark
a crude, unintelligent person
unintelligently adverb

Examples of unintelligent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These communities were also more likely to believe in outdated stereotypes, like all cannabis users are lazy, dangerous, deviant or unintelligent. Niklas Kouparanis, Rolling Stone, 26 July 2023 The former president began to talk regularly about Milley in 2021, dismissing him and bringing up stories that made Milley seem unintelligent and untrustworthy, according to sources. Robert Costa, CBS News, 9 June 2023 Part of the goal of minstrel shows was to flatten Black people into unintelligent archetypes whose only value was in their physicality as performers. Tayo Bero, refinery29.com, 13 Apr. 2023 Most of them are, stereotypically, unintelligent. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 28 May 2017 Two deft new stand-up specials dig into stereotypes about the unintelligent, dust them off and renovate them for a new era, while a new mockumentary gets even bigger laughs through the stunt of placing a fool in a variety of intellectual arenas. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2023 Taerim, who Sanghui describes as second in beauty only to Hae-on, is venomous in her attempts to convince those around her that the dead girl was stuck-up, unintelligent, and never deserved adulation. Arianna Rebolini, Vulture, 28 Oct. 2021 Second, notice that liberals and Democrats who are Creationists tend to be kind of unintelligent. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 7 July 2010 Even otherwise intelligent literary people have a very unintelligent relationship to this part of human life. Hazlitt, 3 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unintelligent was in 1664

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“Unintelligent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unintelligent. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: lacking intelligence : unwise, stupid
an unintelligent use of your money
unintelligently adverb

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