[uhn-ej-oo-key-tid, -ed-yoo-]
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Origin of uneducated

First recorded in 1580–90; un-1 + educated

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Historical Examples of uneducated

  • But to the uneducated eye of Andrew Lanning it was a great and dignified building.

  • She was uneducated and ill-mannered, impulsive and quarrelsome.


    Edward J. Dent

  • Their ideas of history, for instance, are simply cheap and uneducated.

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    G. K. Chesterton

  • But Panther was not pleased to think that his brother was so uneducated, so he had him study.

  • To the uneducated person he would appear to be the ideal of a judge.

British Dictionary definitions for uneducated


  1. not having been educated to a good standardpoor uneducated people
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Word Origin and History for uneducated

1580s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of educate.

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