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[uhn-in-tel-i-juh nt]
  1. deficient in intelligence; dull; stupid.
  2. not endowed with intelligence.
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Origin of unintelligent

First recorded in 1600–10; un-1 + intelligent
Related formsun·in·tel·li·gence, nounun·in·tel·li·gent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedunintelligent unintelligible
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Historical Examples of unintelligence

  • All were striving to do the work of intelligence, not of unintelligence.

    The "Genius"

    Theodore Dreiser

  • That State must sooner or later perish where the majority triumphs and unintelligence (Unverstand) decides.

  • Rutford, for instance, interpreted this stolidity as unintelligence and lack of perception.

    The Hill

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • There is no right anywhere in numbers or unintelligence to rule intelligence.

  • There is the prevailing ignorance and unintelligence which leads to the phenomena being obscure to the subject himself.

British Dictionary definitions for unintelligence


  1. lacking intelligence; stupid; foolish
  2. not endowed with a mind or intelligence
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Derived Formsunintelligence, noununintelligently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unintelligence



c.1600, from un- (1) "not" + intelligent. Related: Unintelligently.

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