unsophisticated

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adjective un·so·phis·ti·cat·ed \ˌən-sə-ˈfis-tə-ˌkā-təd\

Definition of unsophisticated

  1. :  not sophisticated: 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>

1630

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

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adjective un·so·phis·ti·cat·ed \ˌən-sə-ˈfis-tə-ˌkā-təd\

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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