Definition of uninstructed in English:



  • 1(of a person) not taught or having learned a subject or skill.

    ‘the uninstructed child’
    ‘students are uninstructed in the use of books’
    • ‘Left uninstructed, I would have imposed a higher penalty, but not substantially different from that suggested.’
    • ‘It's the uninstructed passenger who's a hazard.’
    • ‘The jury goes out there, uninstructed on these matters.’
    • ‘Not that they are uninstructed, but they were instructed in often-sophisticated theory and formula, rather than in the empirical realities - a double problem for us in fact.’
    • ‘Those who engage professionally in social work bring to their take skill and expertise, the product partly of training and partly of experience, which ordinary uninstructed members of the public are bound to lack.’
    illiterate, uneducated, poorly educated, untaught, unschooled, untutored, untrained, unlearned, unread, uninformed, ignorant, unenlightened, unsophisticated, uncultivated, uncultured, philistine, benighted, vulgar, simple
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    1. 1.1 (of behaviour) not acquired by teaching; natural or spontaneous.
      ‘her own instinctive, uninstructed response’
      • ‘So those odd philosophers drawn to a charitable assessment of uninstructed reason find themselves in an awkward position.’
      • ‘Your Honours, the pleading of this case really provides the answer to the way in which the statute, uninstructed by Justice Hodgson's reasons in Attrill, should have been applied.’
      • ‘As he confesses in Going to the Territory, ‘Somehow in my uninstructed reading of Eliot and Pound, I had recognized a relationship between modern poetry and jazz music.’’
      unforced, voluntary, unconstrained, unprompted, unbidden, unsolicited, unplanned, unpremeditated, unrehearsed, impulsive, impetuous, unstudied, impromptu, spur-of-the-moment, extempore, extemporaneous
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