unlearned

adjective un·learned \ ˌən-ˈlər-nəd for senses 1 & 2 , -ˈlərnd for sense 3 \

Definition of unlearned

1 : possessing inadequate learning or education; especially : deficient in scholarly attainments
2 : characterized by or revealing ignorance
3 : not gained by study or training

Examples of unlearned in a Sentence

  1. although the people of the farming community were largely an unlearned lot, they wanted an advanced education for their children

First Known Use of unlearned

14th century

Synonym Discussion of unlearned

ignorant, illiterate, unlettered, untutored, unlearned mean not having knowledge. ignorant may imply a general condition or it may apply to lack of knowledge or awareness of a particular thing.
    • an ignorant fool
    • ignorant of nuclear physics
illiterate applies to either an absolute or a relative inability to read and write.
    • much of the population is still illiterate
unlettered implies ignorance of the knowledge gained by reading.
    • an allusion meaningless to the unlettered
untutored may imply lack of schooling in the arts and ways of civilization.
    • strange monuments built by an untutored people
unlearned suggests ignorance of advanced subjects.
    • poetry not for academics but for the unlearned masses

UNLEARNED Defined for English Language Learners

unlearned

adjective

Definition of unlearned for English Language Learners

  • —used to describe a type of behavior that is natural and does not have to be learned

  • : having or showing very little learning, education, or knowledge


UNLEARNED Defined for Kids

unlearned

adjective un·learned

Definition of unlearned for Students

1 \ˌən-ˈlər-nəd\ : not educated
2 \-ˈlərnd\ : not based on experience : instinctive Breathing is unlearned behavior.


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