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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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  • The rebel is the product of extreme fixation and unintelligent immobilities.

  • He brooded profoundly, after the manner of crafty and unintelligent men.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • The masses are by no means so foolish or unintelligent as we sometimes imagine.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • He said that my air of unintelligent expectation irritated him.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • It was wrong, really, to consider them unintelligent animals.

    Image of the Gods Alan Edward Nourse
  • If we say the chick is unintelligent, we must certainly say the infant is unintelligent.

  • Their unintelligent faces were a complete blank, in so far as they displayed any understanding of what they beheld.

    The Triumph of John Kars Ridgwell Cullum
  • He was too unintelligent to have the notion of such a crime.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • She seems to me to be lacking in spirit, of a nervous and despondent temperament, but not unintelligent.

    The Choice of Life Georgette Leblanc
British Dictionary definitions for unintelligent


lacking intelligence; stupid; foolish
not endowed with a mind or intelligence
Derived Forms
unintelligence, noun
unintelligently, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unintelligent

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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