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 In other words, the writers have reused the popular hood-kid fish-out-of-water narrative on a middle-class kid, making the already unsophisticated class critique feel further off-key. Tanisha C. Ford, The Atlantic, 19 Apr. 2022 Fortunately, pendant lights and chandeliers have replaced these extremely boring and incredibly unsophisticated fixtures. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 20 June 2022 But experts have been surprised at just how unsophisticated that campaign has been. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 May 2022 Like Cutler, White doesn’t believe Berner’s story of death by indigestion: early-twentieth-century medical science wasn’t that unsophisticated. Maia Silber, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 But experts have been surprised that Russia’s disinformation strategies are as unsophisticated as their real-life ones. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 May 2022 The very real terrors that might have once existed have been replaced by curiosity and a condescending nod to the gullibility of unsophisticated people born in a different era. New York Times, 12 May 2022 For all its eyebrow-raising effect on the conflict, the Tochka is an old, unsophisticated weapon. David Axe, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Lapsus$ employs a host of unsophisticated methods to successfully breach its victims. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unsophisticated

1630, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsophisticated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsophisticated. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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