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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Recent Examples on the Web Nearly 40 percent of Democrats say Republicans are unintelligent. Jon Marcus, BostonGlobe.com, "When travel resumes, politics is ‘absolutely’ likely to affect where people want to go and where they’ll feel welcome," 28 Jan. 2021 Already the most political of recent secretaries of state, Pompeo has bristled at even the mildest criticism and accused his critics of being misguided, unintelligent or incompetent. Matthew Lee, ajc, "Pompeo offers burst of actions, attacks before leaving State," 15 Jan. 2021 Adhering to standard journalistic practices, Benen refrains from stating that the president of the United States is objectively unintelligent. Benjamin C. Waterhouse, Washington Post, "Trump’s GOP: a “post-policy party”," 26 June 2020 For all the hype around artificial intelligence and machine learning, the quickest and easiest way for companies to automate office work is through simple and decidedly unintelligent software automation. Will Knight, Wired, "The Pandemic Is Propelling a New Wave of Automation," 12 June 2020 Rather liberals and conservatives increasingly seemed to view each other as inherently immoral, unintelligent and malicious. Mike Yeomans, Scientific American, "The Right Way to Talk across Divides," 21 Apr. 2020 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

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First Known Use of unintelligent

1664, in the meaning defined above

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6 Feb 2021

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“Unintelligent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unintelligent. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unintelligent

: not intelligent

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