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 There were also competing mixed martial arts organizations, fighters and managers whom White perceived as greedy, and a news media that celebrated boxing as the sweet science yet largely looked down upon White’s sport as unsophisticated brawling. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "How Dana White Unexpectedly Brought U.F.C. Back in a Pandemic," 8 May 2020 The qualities that had once made natural wines seem unsophisticated or suspect—the obscure grapes, the rustic producers, the occasionally funky taste—began to look like authenticity. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, "How Natural Wine Became a Symbol of Virtuous Consumption," 18 Nov. 2019 Television drama was traditionally treated as its poor cousin: unsophisticated, formulaic and risk-averse. The Economist, "Coup de théâtre Catch up on the finest French television dramas during lockdown," 16 May 2020 The sophisticated and the unsophisticated alike, the rich and the poor, seemed in a trance, spellbound. David Pryce-jones, National Review, "Robert Conquest: Sovietologist and Poet," 28 Apr. 2020 Duvernay ran an unsophisticated route tree at Texas. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Cowboys find a giant DL, CB of the future in 7-round mock draft," 13 Apr. 2020 Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, in a rare moment of bluntness, called the moves an unsophisticated reaction by nations with inept quarantine abilities. Washington Post, "In role reversal, Asia seeks to stop virus from coming in," 13 Mar. 2020 There’s nothing dull or unsophisticated about chronology as an idea, just its occasional uses. Jason Kehe, Wired, "The Witcher and Little Women Share a Time-Tested Secret," 7 Feb. 2020 Savvy and unsophisticated investors alike have piled into the trade, with some taking on huge positions. Julia-ambra Verlaine, WSJ, "The Investor Clash Behind Tesla’s Surge Toward $100 Billion in Market Value," 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unsophisticated

1630, in the meaning defined above

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31 May 2020

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“Unsophisticated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsophisticated. Accessed 11 Jul. 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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