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[kuhl-tuh-vey-tid] /ˈkʌl təˌveɪ tɪd/
prepared and used for raising crops; tilled:
cultivated land.
produced or improved by cultivation, as a plant.
educated; refined; cultured:
cultivated tastes.
Origin of cultivated
First recorded in 1655-65; cultivate + -ed2
Related forms
miscultivated, adjective
noncultivated, adjective
pseudocultivated, adjective
quasi-cultivated, adjective
semicultivated, adjective
supercultivated, adjective
uncultivated, adjective
well-cultivated, adjective
Can be confused
cultivated, cultured. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for uncultivated
Historical Examples
  • I liked to have him about me, as uncultivated kings like to have their fools.

  • Such was the language, and such the affecting simplicity of the innocent and uncultivated Imogen.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • What is it that adorns and enhances all the wild and uncultivated scenes of nature?

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Every thing had the face of uncultivated luxuriance, and impenetrable solitude.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • The slopes of the hills were then, as they are now, uncultivated, and covered with bushes.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • The most ignorant and uncultivated could readily understand it.

  • Beyond are seen lofty mountains, uncultivated and uninhabited.

  • This is seen in the savage, the child, and uncultivated men as well as other animals.

    An Anarchist Woman Hutchins Hapgood
  • Mark how the uncultivated spectators are profuse of their applause!

  • The country about is (a tract of) uncultivated hillocks, without inhabitants.

British Dictionary definitions for uncultivated


(of a garden, fields, the earth, etc) not having been tilled and prepared or planted
(of a mind, person, etc) not improved by education


cultured, refined, or educated
((of land or soil))
  1. subjected to tillage or cultivation
  2. tilled and broken up
(of plants) specially bred or improved by cultivation
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Word Origin and History for uncultivated

1640s (figurative); 1680s (of plants); 1690s (of land), from un- (1) "not" + past participle of cultivate.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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