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
Recent Examples on the Web If there's too much color, the space becomes unsophisticated looking; more like a child's room. Michele Lerner, chicagotribune.com, "How to use a pop of color in a small space," 22 Nov. 2019 At the same time, however, Paul is on to a point that is too easily cast aside in unsophisticated depictions of Nazism as a wholly right-wing, or even capitalist, political phenomenon. Phillip W. Magness, National Review, "Rand Paul’s Case against Socialism," 19 Dec. 2019 But, when large balances are involved, there’s always a salesperson to entice unsophisticated bureaucrats with the lure of higher yields with a fail-safe gimmick. John Moorlach, Orange County Register, "Lessons from Orange County’s 1994 bankruptcy: John Moorlach," 8 Dec. 2019 An alderman becomes a presidential candidate and chooses his unsophisticated brother as a running mate. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 Secretary of State Frank LaRose called the attempt relatively unsophisticated, and that election machines and ballot counters are not connected to the internet. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Ohio minimum wage hikes put workers $3K ahead of federal rate: Capitol Letter," 27 Nov. 2019 The Microsoft researchers said the hackers had tried to attack 241 accounts and were successful in four cases, using fairly unsophisticated means. BostonGlobe.com, "Microsoft would not name the campaign.," 5 Oct. 2019 The company found that hackers had tried to attack 241 accounts, using fairly unsophisticated means. Nicole Perlroth, New York Times, "Iranian Hackers Target Trump Campaign as Threats to 2020 Mount," 4 Oct. 2019 Based on rigged stock price manipulations, the conspirators made off with millions while their usually unsophisticated investors lost. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Judge scolds stock swindler who complained authorities took money from his prison commissary account to repay victims," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unsophisticated

1630, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsophisticated.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsophisticated. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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