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[ej-oo-key-tid] /ˈɛdʒ ʊˌkeɪ tɪd/
having undergone education:
educated people.
characterized by or displaying qualities of culture and learning.
based on some information or experience:
an educated estimate of next year's sales.
Origin of educated
1660-70; educate + -ed2
Related forms
half-educated, adjective
noneducated, adjective
quasi-educated, adjective
supereducated, adjective
undereducated, adjective
well-educated, adjective Unabridged
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  • One ought never to be more careful than in addressing questions to half-educated persons.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • As in a web the warp is stronger than the woof, so should the rulers be stronger than their half-educated subjects.

    Laws Plato
  • It became a perfect mania, particularly with the young and clever, the half-educated, the would-be "smart" folk.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
  • I am talking now of the half-educated people as I have met them.

  • It does seem as if uneducated and half-educated people are able to shut their ears to all things they do not understand.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • You judge me half-educated,—and wholly unworthy to be your son's wife.

    Temporal Power Marie Corelli
  • He spoke with a touch of the drawl which is currently supposed to belong only to the half-educated classes of England.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • The woman was really educated, but her success was with half-educated readers.

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
  • Take, for instance, the perpetual quarrel between the artists and the half-educated about literary painting.

British Dictionary definitions for half-educated


not having benefited from a comprehensive education


having an education, esp a good one
displaying culture, taste, and knowledge; cultivated
(prenominal) based on experience or information (esp in the phrase an educated guess)
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Word Origin and History for half-educated



1660s, past participle adjective from educate (v.). As an abbreviated way to say well-educated, attested from 1855. Educated guess first attested 1954.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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