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[uhn-krit-i-kuh l] /ʌnˈkrɪt ɪ kəl/
not inclined or able to judge, especially by the application of comparative standards:
an uncritical reader.
undiscriminating; not applying or not guided by the standards of analysis:
an uncritical estimate; their uncritical acceptance of traditional values.
Origin of uncritical
1650-60; un-1 + critical
Related forms
uncritically, adverb
2. shallow, superficial, casual. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for uncritical
  • Witness the wave of books and essays implicating the wired world in a sudden rise in uncritical thinking and attention deficits.
  • But it would be altogether uncritical to be positive here.
  • They carried to their tasks uncritical enthusiasms and made good books which, nevertheless, had some serious defects.
  • The state broadcasting company is docile and uncritical of the government.
  • The uncritical adoption of any economic ideology, this notion holds, is no good for anyone.
  • These studies are then reported with a strikingly uncritical eye.
  • The allegation of unfairness led to an almost immediate, and uncritical, government reaction.
  • These kids were so blissfully unaware and totally uncritical because of their privilege.
  • One could not ask for a better example of uncritical thinking.
  • Their sorrow and their anger are good, scolding stuff, an articulate tirade against perceived folly and uncritical applause.
British Dictionary definitions for uncritical


not containing or making severe or negative judgments
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Word Origin and History for uncritical

1650s, from un- (1) "not" + critical. Cf. Dutch onkritisch, German unkritisch, Danish unkritisk. Related: Uncritically.

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