unlearned

adjective
un·​learned | \ ˌən-ˈlər-nəd for senses 1 & 2 How to pronounce unlearned (audio) , -ˈlərnd for sense 3 How to pronounce unlearned (audio) \

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

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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

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although the people of the farming community were largely an unlearned lot, they wanted an advanced education for their children
Recent Examples on the Web The scion of a respected family of Shiite scholars, he was once derided as unlearned and brutish by fellow Shiite public figures. Washington Post, "Surprise showing by maverick cleric could shake up Iraq’s relations with the U.S.," 15 May 2018 The scion of a respected family of Shiite scholars, he was once derided as unlearned and brutish by fellow Shiite public figures. Washington Post, "Surprise showing by maverick cleric could shake up Iraq’s relations with the U.S.," 15 May 2018 The scion of a respected family of Shiite scholars, he was once derided as unlearned and brutish by fellow Shiite public figures. Washington Post, "Surprise showing by maverick cleric could shake up Iraq’s relations with the U.S.," 15 May 2018 The scion of a respected family of Shiite scholars, he was once derided as unlearned and brutish by fellow Shiite public figures. Washington Post, "Surprise showing by maverick cleric could shake up Iraq’s relations with the U.S.," 15 May 2018 The scion of a respected family of Shiite scholars, he was once derided as unlearned and brutish by fellow Shiite public figures. Washington Post, "Surprise showing by maverick cleric could shake up Iraq’s relations with the U.S.," 15 May 2018 The scion of a respected family of Shiite scholars, he was once derided as unlearned and brutish by fellow Shiite public figures. Washington Post, "Surprise showing by maverick cleric could shake up Iraq’s relations with the U.S.," 15 May 2018 How many sons of Italian or Jewish or Polish parents slumbered in slums untaught (and) unlearned, their potential lost forever to the nation and human race? James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: RFK’s speech in apartheid South Africa remains relevant 50 years after his assassination," 5 June 2018 The scion of a respected family of Shiite scholars, he was once derided as unlearned and brutish by fellow Shiite public figures. Washington Post, "Surprise showing by maverick cleric could shake up Iraq’s relations with the U.S.," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of unlearned

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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unlearned

adjective
How to pronounce unlearned (audio) How to pronounce unlearned (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unlearned

used to describe a type of behavior that is natural and does not have to be learned
formal : having or showing very little learning, education, or knowledge

unlearned

adjective
un·​learned

Kids Definition of unlearned

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

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