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[uhn-krit-i-kuh l] /ʌnˈkrɪt ɪ kəl/
not inclined or able to judge, especially by the application of comparative standards:
an uncritical reader.
undiscriminating; not applying or not guided by the standards of analysis:
an uncritical estimate; their uncritical acceptance of traditional values.
Origin of uncritical
First recorded in 1650-60; un-1 + critical
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uncritically, adverb
2. shallow, superficial, casual. Unabridged
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  • The story-teller, while observing the traditional form, does not always do so uncritically.

  • He accepted it as uncritically as he accepted life, school, his parents.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • The artists, however, whom Mr. Bennett belauds so uncritically, are not of this sort.


    Clive Bell
  • uncritically considered, they seem to assert two things, one reasonable, the other palpably absurd.

  • Guizot uncritically followed Raynouard, who held with or anticipated Savigny.

    The Evolution of States J. M. Robertson
  • In particular, you will acquire the faculty to re-mould and re-shape your material, instead of seizing each idea too uncritically.

    The Technique of Fiction Writing Robert Saunders Dowst
  • One should swallow it uncritically, navely, in great gulps, then it goes down like castor-oil in hot coffee.

    Zones of the Spirit August Strindberg
  • These examples show how stories grow when carelessly and uncritically repeated, Wild exaggerations.

British Dictionary definitions for uncritically


not containing or making severe or negative judgments
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Word Origin and History for uncritically



1650s, from un- (1) "not" + critical. Cf. Dutch onkritisch, German unkritisch, Danish unkritisk. Related: Uncritically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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