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  1. not inclined or able to judge, especially by the application of comparative standards: an uncritical reader.
  2. undiscriminating; not applying or not guided by the standards of analysis: an uncritical estimate; their uncritical acceptance of traditional values.
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Origin of uncritical

First recorded in 1650–60; un-1 + critical
Related formsun·crit·i·cal·ly, adverb


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  • When you once begin there is no end of them, and they spring from an uncritical philosophy after all.

  • She was surprised to see him so unstudied, so uncritical, so humorously anecdotal.

    The Coast of Chance

    Esther Chamberlain

  • They may have been mistaken: Roosevelt may be uncritical in his judgments.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • It was an age of accumulation, of uncritical and indiscriminate enthusiasm.

  • She despised his uncritical, unironical nature, it had nothing for her.

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for uncritical


  1. not containing or making severe or negative judgments
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Word Origin and History for uncritical


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

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