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unlearned

[uhn-lur-nid for 1, 2, 5; uhn-lurnd for 3, 4] /ʌnˈlɜr nɪd for 1, 2, 5; ʌnˈlɜrnd for 3, 4/
adjective
1.
not learned; not scholarly or erudite.
2.
uneducated; untaught; unschooled; ignorant.
3.
not acquired by instruction, study, etc.
4.
known without being learned.
5.
of or pertaining to uneducated persons.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English unlerned. See un-1, learned
Related forms
unlearnedly, adverb

unlearn

[uhn-lurn] /ʌnˈlɜrn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to forget or lose knowledge of.
2.
to discard or put aside certain knowledge as being false or binding:
to unlearn preconceptions.
verb (used without object)
3.
to lose or discard knowledge.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English unlernen. See un-2, learn
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Examples from the web for unlearned
  • But in business, those ingrained traits need to be unlearned in order to truly succeed.
  • It can be reflexive, casual, an old habit never unlearned.
  • Knowledge cannot be unlearned, so the best way to oppose the villains is to have lots of heroes on your side.
  • To justify the legal today you have to be incredibly naive, inexperienced and unlearned.
  • He was profoundly interested in spelling reform, which he actively urged upon both the learned and the unlearned.
  • Nor was this language held only by unlearned country gentlemen.
  • He who hath learned to die, hath unlearned to serve.
  • These data can be used to focus school community efforts on important knowledge and skills that might otherwise go unlearned.
  • Instinctive behavior is an unlearned, inborn tendency to behave in a way characteristic of a species, ie migration.
  • Since these behaviors are learned, they can also be unlearned.
British Dictionary definitions for unlearned

unlearned

/ʌnˈlɜːnɪd/
adjective
1.
ignorant or untaught
Derived Forms
unlearnedly, adverb

unlearnt

/ʌnˈlɜːnt/
adjective
1.
denoting knowledge or skills innately present and therefore not learnt
2.
not learnt or taken notice of: unlearnt lessons

unlearn

/ʌnˈlɜːn/
verb -learns, -learning, -learned (-ˈlɜːnd), -learnt
1.
to try to forget (something learnt) or to discard (accumulated knowledge)
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