having extensive knowledge, as in one particular subject or in a variety of subjects.

Origin of well-informed

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Contemporary Examples of well-informed

Historical Examples of well-informed

  • It would make an ignorant man a well-informed one in less than ten years.


    Samuel Smiles

  • In short, to be a good scout is to be a well-developed, well-informed boy.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • He was not a person of much energy of character, but he was sensible and well-informed.

    The Settlers in Canada

    Frederick Marryat

  • There are no persons in the community who need to be so wise and well-informed as mothers.

    The Wedding Ring

    T. De Witt Talmage

  • The bland, obsequious, well-informed Ramsay became a great favourite.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

British Dictionary definitions for well-informed


adjective (well informed when postpositive)

having knowledge about a great variety of subjectshe seems to be a well-informed person
possessing reliable information on a particular subject
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