[uhn-in-tel-i-juh nt]


deficient in intelligence; dull; stupid.
not endowed with intelligence.

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

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

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