having undergone education: educated people.
characterized by or displaying qualities of culture and learning.
based on some information or experience: an educated estimate of next year's sales.

Origin of educated

First recorded in 1660–70; educate + -ed2
Related formshalf-ed·u·cat·ed, adjectivenon·ed·u·cat·ed, adjectivequa·si-ed·u·cat·ed, adjectivesu·per·ed·u·cat·ed, adjectiveun·der·ed·u·cat·ed, adjectivewell-ed·u·cat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for half-educated

Contemporary Examples of half-educated

Historical Examples of half-educated

  • As in a web the warp is stronger than the woof, so should the rulers be stronger than their half-educated subjects.



  • I am talking now of the half-educated people as I have met them.

  • Although I had been only half-educated, I was fond of reading, and I had plenty of time for it.

  • You judge me half-educated,—and wholly unworthy to be your son's wife.

    Temporal Power

    Marie Corelli

  • The woman was really educated, but her success was with half-educated readers.

British Dictionary definitions for half-educated



not having benefited from a comprehensive education



having an education, esp a good one
displaying culture, taste, and knowledge; cultivated
(prenominal) based on experience or information (esp in the phrase an educated guess)
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Word Origin and History for half-educated



1660s, past participle adjective from educate (v.). As an abbreviated way to say well-educated, attested from 1855. Educated guess first attested 1954.

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