unsophisticated

adjective
un·so·phis·ti·cat·ed | \ ˌən-sə-ˈfi-stə-ˌkā-təd \

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

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Some of his investors were unsophisticated or elderly, placing retirement accounts, pension funds and insurance payouts with Siskey, according to the FBI affidavit. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "Rick Siskey Ponzi victims will finally get paid, as part of a $10 million deal," 11 July 2018 Unfortunately, the recent report by the Office of Management and Budget demonstrates that most U.S. government agencies are vulnerable even to unsophisticated attackers. Donald A. Purdy Jr., Fortune, "I’m the Security Chief at Huawei U.S. Banning Us Won’t Make Americans Safer," 26 June 2018 Many of the cash-advance firms — some of them founded by personal-injury lawyers — rely on other lawyers to send them financially unsophisticated clients who are waiting to collect on legal settlements. Matthew Goldstein And Jessica Silver-greenberg, New York Times, "Prosecutors Investigate Firms That Offer Plaintiffs Early Cash," 19 Mar. 2018 The Obama Administration set up the bureau, which was authorized under Dodd-Frank, to guard against banks’ offering too-good-to-be-true products to unsophisticated consumers. Kimberly Harrington, The New Yorker, "The Dangers of Undoing Dodd-Frank," 24 July 2017 Haslam was not charged in the scheme that Pilot Flying J sales leaders used to bilk unsophisticated trucking companies out of agreed-upon rebates. John Caniglia, cleveland.com, "Legal deadline passes, no more charges in Pilot Flying J case," 16 Apr. 2018 Their restaurants were unsophisticated, their kitchens filthy and their chefs rude—and often drunk. The Economist, "How the son of a Swiss peasant became a synonym for luxury," 12 Apr. 2018 Instead, Islamic State has encouraged followers in Europe to carry out unsophisticated attacks at home, such as ramming crowds with vehicles. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "Three Dead in France in Terrorist Attack," 23 Mar. 2018 Historical bond schemes like the one Caldwell and Smith are alleged to have orchestrated are a common, if unsophisticated, tool for scam artists, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Houston pastor, Louisiana financial planner sold millions in worthless bonds, feds charge," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unsophisticated

1630, in the meaning defined above

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unsophisticated

adjective

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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