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[uhn-suh-fis-ti-key-tid] /ˌʌn səˈfɪs tɪˌkeɪ tɪd/
not sophisticated; simple; artless.
without complexity or refinements:
a relatively unsophisticated mechanism.
unadulterated; pure; genuine.
Origin of unsophisticated
1620-30; un-1 + sophisticated
Related forms
unsophisticatedly, adverb
unsophisticatedness, unsophistication, noun
1. ingenuous, naive, inexperienced. Unabridged
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  • Final products will need to be sophisticated enough that an unsophisticated user or builder can install it and forget about it.
  • Our student population is, while competent and sometimes quite smart, relatively unsophisticated and unworldly.
  • unsophisticated and stodgy investors who pour their money into government bond funds.
  • His views on foreign-policy are often seen as relatively unsophisticated.
British Dictionary definitions for unsophisticated


lacking experience or worldly wisdom
marked by a lack of refinement or complexity: an unsophisticated machine
unadulterated or genuine
Derived Forms
unsophisticatedly, adverb
unsophisticatedness, unsophistication, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsophisticated

1620s, "unmixed," from un- (1) "not" + sophisticated. Meaning "ingenuous, natural, inexperienced" is recorded from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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