un·​so·​phis·​ti·​cat·​ed | \ ˌən-sə-ˈfi-stə-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce unsophisticated (audio) \

Definition of unsophisticated

: not sophisticated: such as
a : not changed or corrupted : genuine
b(1) : not worldly-wise : lacking social or economic sophistication
(2) : lacking complexity of structure : simple, straightforward an unsophisticated analysis unsophisticated rhythms

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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. mistakenly believed that the tribe was unsophisticated and would sell their land for a fraction of its worth

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This restriction is intended to protect unsophisticated investors with fewer financial resources to cushion losses. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Sharing the Wealth of Markets," 20 Sep. 2018 The unsophisticated suspension can be harsh on bumpy pavement, which can upset the bike if some undulations on a challenging road take you by surprise. Nick Goddard, Popular Mechanics, "The Ducati Scrambler Icon Bike Just Got a Little Sweeter To Ride," 25 Sep. 2018 Local militants have carried out unsophisticated but still deadly attacks across Indonesia, including in Jakarta. Stephen Wright, The Seattle Times, "As Asian Games host, Indonesia has more at stake than sport," 13 Aug. 2018 Some of his investors were unsophisticated or elderly, placing retirement accounts, pension funds and insurance payouts with Siskey, according to the FBI affidavit. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "Rick Siskey Ponzi victims will finally get paid, as part of a $10 million deal," 11 July 2018 Unfortunately, the recent report by the Office of Management and Budget demonstrates that most U.S. government agencies are vulnerable even to unsophisticated attackers. Donald A. Purdy Jr., Fortune, "I’m the Security Chief at Huawei U.S. Banning Us Won’t Make Americans Safer," 26 June 2018 Many of the cash-advance firms — some of them founded by personal-injury lawyers — rely on other lawyers to send them financially unsophisticated clients who are waiting to collect on legal settlements. Matthew Goldstein And Jessica Silver-greenberg, New York Times, "Prosecutors Investigate Firms That Offer Plaintiffs Early Cash," 19 Mar. 2018 The Obama Administration set up the bureau, which was authorized under Dodd-Frank, to guard against banks’ offering too-good-to-be-true products to unsophisticated consumers. Kimberly Harrington, The New Yorker, "The Dangers of Undoing Dodd-Frank," 24 July 2017 Haslam was not charged in the scheme that Pilot Flying J sales leaders used to bilk unsophisticated trucking companies out of agreed-upon rebates. John Caniglia, cleveland.com, "Legal deadline passes, no more charges in Pilot Flying J case," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unsophisticated

1630, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsophisticated was in 1630

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English Language Learners Definition of unsophisticated

: not having or showing a lot of experience and knowledge about the world and about culture, art, literature, etc.
: not highly developed or complex

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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