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

Other Words from unintelligent

unintelligently adverb

Examples of unintelligent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a result, dyslexia is known by enduring and sometimes contradictory myths, like that people who have it are all highly intelligent—or unintelligent and just not willing to admit it. Kira Bindrim, Quartz, 16 May 2022 Spliced videos have also portrayed her as stuttering and unintelligent. New York Times, 1 May 2022 And self-assured enough to make Melinda feel inane, extraneous, unintelligent. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 18 Mar. 2022 Many who immigrate to the United States have to start their careers in lower-wage jobs, and they are looked down upon and dismissed as unskilled and unintelligent. NBC News, 31 Jan. 2022 Just a suggestion that people who tweet or speak profoundly unintelligent and potentially dangerous things should no longer be given a pass. Rex Huppke, chicagotribune.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Some people use fat to mean unlovable, undesirable, slovenly, unintelligent, lazy. Your Fat Friend, SELF, 28 May 2021 The viewer feels an automatic sense of superiority because the cast appears so unintelligent. Ian Goldstein, Vulture, 16 Mar. 2021 It’s about weaning ourselves off the entire approach of criticizing opposing political views by calling those who hold them unintelligent or irrational. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unintelligent

1664, in the meaning defined above

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25 May 2022

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“Unintelligent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unintelligent. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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