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 This is the kryptonite for unsophisticated investors. Washington Post, 18 May 2021 What happened next was a vivid example of the difference between tabletop simulations and the cascade of consequences that can follow even a relatively unsophisticated attack. New York Times, 14 May 2021 Initially clunky and unsophisticated, e-pulltabs were, in fact, slow to catch on. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, 13 May 2021 Meanwhile, sources briefed on the investigation told ABC News that while the attack is considered technically unsophisticated, the ransom demand shows some level of sophistication. Catherine Thorbecke, Alexander Mallin, Luke Barr, ABC News, 13 May 2021 Predictable, unsophisticated trade orders typically present the greatest opportunities for the high-frequency-trading firms to make money. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 For many Americans, China evoked negative stereotypes of unsophisticated manual laborers and cheap chop suey. Annelise Heinz, WSJ, 6 May 2021 Her days are spent roaming the neighborhood, spying on friends and other local characters, and recording her observations—from the sweetly unsophisticated to the downright cruel—in her notebook. Sarah Blackwood, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 Beyond the small group of staffers who drafted the bill, Congress had an unsophisticated view of species, said Holly Doremus, a professor of environmental law at the University of California at Berkeley. Zach St. George, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of unsophisticated

1630, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jun 2021

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“Unsophisticated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsophisticated. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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