unsophisticated

adjective un·so·phis·ti·cat·ed \ ˌən-sə-ˈfi-stə-ˌkā-təd \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

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

Examples of unsophisticated in a Sentence

  1. She was innocent and unsophisticated when she left for college.

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

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First Known Use of unsophisticated

1630

Synonym Discussion of 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

UNSOPHISTICATED Defined for English Language Learners

unsophisticated

adjective

Definition of unsophisticated for English Language Learners

  • : 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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