deficient in intelligence; dull; stupid: Even the most unintelligent intern knew how to operate this copy machine.
characterized by or proceeding from a lack of intelligence: No one will respect you as long as you go around making unintelligent remarks like that.
not endowed with the ability to think or reason: We should protect unintelligent life like trees and protozoa as well as intelligent life like humans and dolphins.
- un·in·tel·li·gence, noun
- un·in·tel·li·gent·ly, adverb
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How to use unintelligent in a sentence
Vacillating and unintelligent, his actions were all guided by his mistress, Mme Bonnemain.
Jones's rather unintelligent maid had been standing by my side the whole time.
To effect this, Intelligence would, so to speak, have to render itself unintelligent.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
They take the air of superior persons, and the penalty of the superior person is to be unintelligent.Expositor's Bible: The Second Epistle to the Corinthians | James Denney
I feel indignant at such a triumph of mere external unintelligent beauty.'Camilla | Fanny Burney
This is absurd, for it would mean that an unintelligent dead thing is the cause of intelligence and life in the universe.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy | Isaac Husik
British Dictionary definitions for unintelligent
lacking intelligence; stupid; foolish
not endowed with a mind or intelligence
- unintelligence, noun
- unintelligently, adverb
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