[ uhn-suh-fis-ti-key-tid ]
/ ˌʌn səˈfɪs tɪˌkeɪ tɪd /
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not sophisticated; simple; artless.
without complexity or refinements: a relatively unsophisticated mechanism.
unadulterated; pure; genuine.



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Origin of unsophisticated

First recorded in 1620–30; un-1 + sophisticated

OTHER WORDS FROM unsophisticated

un·so·phis·ti·cat·ed·ly, adverbun·so·phis·ti·cat·ed·ness, un·so·phis·ti·ca·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for unsophisticated

/ (ˌʌnsəˈfɪstɪˌkeɪtɪd) /


lacking experience or worldly wisdom
marked by a lack of refinement or complexityan unsophisticated machine
unadulterated or genuine

Derived forms of unsophisticated

unsophisticatedly, adverbunsophisticatedness or unsophistication, noun
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