un·​so·​phis·​ti·​cat·​ed ˌən-sə-ˈfi-stə-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce unsophisticated (audio)
: not sophisticated: such as
: not changed or corrupted : genuine
: not worldly-wise : lacking social or economic sophistication
: lacking complexity of structure : simple, straightforward
an unsophisticated analysis
unsophisticated rhythms
Choose the Right Synonym for unsophisticated

natural, ingenuous, naive, unsophisticated, artless mean free from pretension or calculation.

natural implies lacking artificiality and self-consciousness and having a spontaneousness suggesting the natural rather than the man-made world.

her unaffected, natural manner

ingenuous implies inability to disguise or conceal one's feelings or intentions.

the ingenuous enthusiasm of children

naive suggests lack of worldly wisdom often connoting credulousness and unchecked innocence.

politically naive

unsophisticated implies a lack of experience and training necessary for social ease and adroitness.

unsophisticated adolescents

artless suggests a naturalness resulting from unawareness of the effect one is producing on others.

artless charm

Examples of unsophisticated in a Sentence

She was innocent and unsophisticated when she left for college. unsophisticated teens and young adults hoping to expand their world view by spending a year abroad
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Word History

First Known Use

1630, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsophisticated was in 1630

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“Unsophisticated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsophisticated. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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un·​so·​phis·​ti·​cat·​ed ˌən(t)-sə-ˈfis-tə-ˌkāt-əd How to pronounce unsophisticated (audio)
: not sophisticated
was still innocent and unsophisticated
: not complex : plain, simple
unsophisticated designs

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