un·​re·​fined | \ˌən-ri-ˈfīnd \

Definition of unrefined 

: not refined: such as

a : lacking moral or social cultivation : coarse, uncouth unrefined tastes and manners

b : not separated from dross, impurity, or unwanted matter unrefined oil/ore

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His 37 games at Kentucky did little to ease concerns about his unrefined skill set. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Hamidou Diallo Scouting Report and Highlights," 15 June 2018 But his skill set is still unrefined, his handle loose and his offensive feel in the halfcourt limited. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Final Top 100 Prospect Rankings," 18 June 2018 Goslings and ducklings are baby birds, but a groundling is an uncritical or unrefined person (too poor to pay for a seat in Renaissance theaters) and a changeling is a child exchanged by fairies, or any kind of replacement of inferior value. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "When good words turn bad," 28 June 2018 Jaggery Made by casting heated, thickened cane or palm syrup into molds and allowing it to harden, jaggery is an unrefined brown sugar that is sold in hard blocks. Laura Sant, Good Housekeeping, "How To Bake With 12 Healthy Sugar Substitutes," 1 May 2017 But his skill set is still unrefined, his handle loose and his offensive feel in the halfcourt limited. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft Big Board 8.0: Top 100 Prospects After the Early Entry Deadline," 31 May 2018 An unrefined product who never actually meant to find his way onto the mound at the Royals’ facility. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Before he became a major-league closer, Kelvin Herrera idolized Bartolo Colon | The Kansas City Star," 26 May 2018 Emanating island vibes, the gluten-free option is derived from coconut meat, coconut water, and unrefined virgin coconut oil, creating a combination that works well for wrapping both savory and sweet ingredients. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Beyond bugs: 12 unique (and strange) ingredients at Mom's Organic Market and what to do with them," 16 May 2018 Fears over his unrefined offensive repertoire and beanstalk build aren’t entirely unfounded, but Bamba isn’t saddled with an obvious ceiling like some other top prospects. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "UT’s Bamba working himself into top of NBA Draft," 15 May 2018

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1582, in the meaning defined above

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