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[uhn-in-tel-i-juh nt] /ˌʌn ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒənt/
deficient in intelligence; dull; stupid.
not endowed with intelligence.
Origin of unintelligent
1600-10; un-1 + intelligent
Related forms
unintelligence, noun
unintelligently, adverb
Can be confused
unintelligent, unintelligible. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unintelligent
  • But, at the same time, that does not mean that vocational careers are for the unintelligent.
  • Mothers and fathers loved their ugly or unintelligent kids because they were unaware that their kids were ugly and unintelligent.
  • Or, a guy has potentially had his reputation ruined for the crime of using the same username as an unintelligent cheat.
  • It has always been the tired, unintelligent, and enervated periods that have played with the dream of perpetual peace.
  • By any conventional academic measure, these laborers were thoroughly unintelligent.
  • So even if the life is created in lab, it may be useless and unintelligent.
  • The whole thing strikes me as more distasteful than funny because the jokes are lame, unintelligent, and lacking irony.
  • Letting your body dive into a state of dependency- unintelligent.
  • Counsel's faulty advice can render the defendant's guilty plea involuntary or unintelligent.
  • Neither does it tarry long in the hands of those too slothful, too dishonest, or too unintelligent to exercise it.
British Dictionary definitions for unintelligent


lacking intelligence; stupid; foolish
not endowed with a mind or intelligence
Derived Forms
unintelligence, noun
unintelligently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unintelligent

c.1600, from un- (1) "not" + intelligent. Related: Unintelligently.

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