View synonyms for unsophisticated


[ uhn-suh-fis-ti-key-tid ]


  1. not sophisticated; sophisticated; simple; artless.

    Synonyms: inexperienced, naive, ingenuous

  2. without complexity or refinements:

    a relatively unsophisticated mechanism.

  3. unadulterated; pure; genuine.


/ ˌʌnsəˈfɪstɪˌkeɪtɪd /


  1. lacking experience or worldly wisdom
  2. marked by a lack of refinement or complexity

    an unsophisticated machine

  3. unadulterated or genuine
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˌunsoˈphistiˌcatedness, noun
  • ˌunsoˈphistiˌcatedly, adverb
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Other Words From

  • unso·phisti·cated·ly adverb
  • unso·phisti·cated·ness unso·phisti·cation noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of unsophisticated1

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

His success depends on unsophisticated, hastily negotiated transactions often worth tens of thousands.

Oren Falkowitz, co-founder of Area 1 Security, noted that most ransomware attacks begin with relatively unsophisticated “phishing” schemes, in which hackers manipulate workers often through email to gain access to the network.

Resisting what he calls “the unsophisticated knee-jerk reaction” of service cuts, he has helped secure more than £3 billion in funding packages to keep TfL running.

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From a distance, virtual reality games might seem primitive and unsophisticated compared to more traditional titles.

Google said that the “lawsuit insults Americans” because it portrays them as passive and unsophisticated, unable to make choices for themselves — simply using the default search engines or pre-installed apps on their devices.

This influence is typically attributed to campaign contributions, but this view is unsophisticated.

The Starks are fatalistic, duty-bound, honorable but kind of unsophisticated.

Iron Dome has been successful in shooting down unsophisticated, inaccurate, and slow-moving short-range rockets headed for Israel.

In both cases, the air defenses Israel faced were relatively unsophisticated.

“Now this is the most fearlessly unsophisticated statement that anyone over the age of 15 has ever made,” May said.

Two unsophisticated country lasses visited Niblo's in New York during the ballet season.

Richard says it will be disagreeable, but I don't think so—they are such unsophisticated people.

The poor unsophisticated, ignorant blacks were very kind-hearted, and gave us all they could spare.

Her unsophisticated open-air existence required no varnish of conventionality to make it palatable to him.

The unsophisticated aboriginal of British Columbia is almost a memory of the past.