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Origin of unsophisticated

First recorded in 1620–30; un-1 + sophisticated
Related formsun·so·phis·ti·cat·ed·ly, adverbun·so·phis·ti·cat·ed·ness, un·so·phis·ti·ca·tion, noun

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  1. lacking experience or worldly wisdom
  2. marked by a lack of refinement or complexityan unsophisticated machine
  3. unadulterated or genuine
Derived Formsunsophisticatedly, adverbunsophisticatedness or unsophistication, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsophisticated

1620s, "unmixed," from un- (1) "not" + sophisticated. Meaning "ingenuous, natural, inexperienced" is recorded from 1660s.

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