unintelligent

adjective
un·​in·​tel·​li·​gent | \ ˌən-in-ˈte-lə-jənt How to pronounce unintelligent (audio) \

Definition of unintelligent

: lacking intelligence : not intelligent an unintelligent remark a crude, unintelligent person

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unintelligently adverb

Examples of unintelligent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Besides implying that being overweight is spiritually unintelligent (yikes), this book also puts a greater emphasis on mindset than on healthy eating or exercise. Caroline Tew, EW.com, "A guide to presidential candidate Marianne Williamson's books, from mild to wild," 1 Aug. 2019 But two recent shows contradict traditional tropes, interestingly enough, by going the other direction and bringing new life to another Asian archetype: the unintelligent Asian. Rachel Yang, Teen Vogue, "Unintelligent Asians Are Smart for Television," 8 Aug. 2019 Now for your email: BIG BEN’S MISSTEP Ben Roethlisberger's life is littered with unintelligent steaming piles. Peter King, SI.com, "On Saquon Barkley, Matt Millen and Readers’ Response to Monday Morning QB News," 9 May 2018 In fact, if people don’t merge with computers, humans may soon become an unintelligent species compared to the machine intelligence that will exist. Zoltan Istvan, Newsweek, "Quantum Archaeology: The Quest to 3D Bioprint Every Dead Person Back to Life," 9 Mar. 2018 The viewing experience wasn’t cool at all — Chappelle’s perspective was just straight up unintelligent, harmful, and downright unnecessary. Juliana Feliciano Reyes, Philly.com, "Why, for some, it's become harder to love the Grammy-winning Dave Chappelle," 30 Jan. 2018 AluNoir is emotionally unintelligent and emotionally immature. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Wypipo Be Tripping," 8 Dec. 2017 His character — obfuscating, unrepentant, defensive, rather unintelligent — is enough for one exhibit and should be treated in its own right. Andrew Koenig, National Review, "Eichmann Revisited," 9 Sep. 2017 But a new study complicates the narrative that only unintelligent people are prejudiced. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, "How Intelligence Leads to Stereotyping," 29 July 2017

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First Known Use of unintelligent

1664, in the meaning defined above

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“Unintelligent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unintelligent. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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unintelligent

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English Language Learners Definition of unintelligent

: not intelligent

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