Main definitions of unlearned in English

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unlearned1

adjective

  • (of a person) not well educated.

    ‘he appealed to an unlearned audience as well as to sympathetic scholars’
    • ‘They provide a viable bridge between the learned and the unlearned.’
    • ‘Further, if the general levels of literacy and learning cited by these studies is accurate, should we perhaps look differently at the evidence found in the Apophthegmata Patrum regarding tensions between learned and unlearned monks?’
    • ‘You might say I'm unlearned, but there's one thing I know, even Jesus would never forgive what you do…’
    • ‘Either way, excuse me please, I am after all, illiterate and unlearned.’
    • ‘I have more than once been impressed by the difference between ‘learned and unlearned hands’ in the performance of some difficult physical task.’
    • ‘The site functions, therefore, as an exchange of information, from the learned to the unlearned, under the assumption that the latter can benefit or be improved upon in some way.’
    • ‘The procedure for the trial, whose expenses are unknown to the parties until after the damage has been inflicted, is a scourge for every person unlearned in law.’
    • ‘If Yaakov, a person unlearned in the ways of the world, could so easily trick Yitzchak to believe he was the material son Esav, than how easily could Esav, a cunning hunter, trick Yitzchak into thinking that he was the learned one!’
    • ‘The popular elements are graphically depicted in its literal plot, which represents the level that can be grasped by the unlearned audiences.’
    • ‘Most of my Somerset will have to stay unlearned, leaving the county, the land and the people to grow in my mind on a basis of myth and wishful thinking.’
    • ‘But dismissing your opponents as uneducable and unlearned by making dismissive remarks about the quality of their teachers serves no useful purpose.’
    • ‘One time, a chassid who was a diamond merchant asked the rabbi what virtues he saw in these unlearned people.’
    • ‘What we do know is that they dabble in forbidden magic, unlearned fools who wish for more power than they can handle.’
    • ‘I now see that in spite of my learning I am not able to put it into practice, I am not better than an unlearned man.’
    • ‘In short, sin is a great and powerful god who devours the whole human race, all the learned, holy, powerful, wise, and unlearned men.’
    • ‘The learned and unlearned; the healthy and the sick; the intelligent the not so intelligent; the rich or the poor, males or female, children or adolescent, from the young to the very old; of every tongue and nation.’
    • ‘Any good elder does not deal with these false curses to start with, and would never give them out to an unlearned person to cause chaos with.’
    • ‘I'm completely unlearned, but don't use that as a crutch to play me for a fool.’
    • ‘They do not know that they do not know, and their unlearned ignorance keeps them in the dark about most things that matter.’
    • ‘My daddy was an unlearned man, he was abused as a child.’
    uneducated, unknowledgeable, untaught, unschooled, untutored, untrained, illiterate, unlettered, unread, uninformed, unenlightened, unscholarly, unqualified, benighted, backward
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Pronunciation

unlearned

/ʌnˈləːnɪd/

Main definitions of unlearned in English

: unlearned1unlearned2

unlearned2

(also unlearnt)

adjective

  • 1Not having been learned.

    ‘she found herself on the stage, lines unlearned’
    • ‘The first few nights I slept on the lounge room floor, I was plagued with a multitude of simple life lessons unlearnt in any other experience in my existence.’
    • ‘Sadly, this means that sometimes lessons go unlearned.’
    • ‘The unlearned lesson from Russia at the time was that companies underestimated the huge costs needed to upgrade the country's oil infrastructure to tap its potentially huge supplies across its scattered oil wells.’
    • ‘However, yet again that lesson appears to have gone unlearned, now by Lil’ Kim.’
    • ‘This ‘lesson’ has not yet been unlearned, despite 3 years of catastrophic losses since March 2000.’
    • ‘Studies have confirmed that the phenomenon is biological, automatic and apparently unlearned, distinct from both hallucination and metaphor.’
    • ‘Of particular beauty here, of course, is the use of utterly inappropriate terms to maintain the rhyme, which saw ‘gloat’ used as a noun directly above this unlearned and unlovely deformed child of a verse.’
    • ‘The area that extends beyond the ZPD contains tasks that are unlearned and, at the moment, are beyond the learner's present capability and cultural wisdom for learning.’
    • ‘That this lesson has not entirely gone unlearnt is shown by the conclusions drawn by Armind Virmani of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations.’
    • ‘In this respect, the lesson of Korea remains unlearned.’
    • ‘It is so easy to see how lessons remain unlearned and nations still strike out at others in the name of moral good, religious certainty or pure evil.’
    • ‘The lesson remains unlearned because the scenario recurs again and again throughout the Hong Kong filmmaker's work.’
    • ‘There are certain lessons from the war in Afghanistan that should not go unlearnt.’
    • ‘And the same lessons about cover-ups still go unlearnt.’
    • ‘An unlearned spontaneity breathes life into the best pieces here.’
    • ‘For Somalia itself, the lessons remain unlearned.’
    • ‘Critics warn that some lessons of past engineering fiascos remained unlearned.’
    • ‘Union bosses believe railway maintenance workers are still risking their lives because lessons from the Tebay rail tragedy remain unlearned.’
    • ‘Infectious complications of medical devices are often not considered in the context of reporting, and so the possible lessons that can minimise recurrence remain unlearnt.’
    • ‘Though the last is listed in Welsh's bibliography, its lessons appear unlearned.’
    1. 1.1 Not needing to be learned; innate.
      ‘an unlearned behaviour pattern’
      • ‘I'm going to tell him that there's a kid here with a lot of passion but just… unlearned.’
      • ‘The Baldwin effect is sometimes referred to as the simple notion that, through evolution, unlearned can replace learned behavior.’
      • ‘declared Matsa frantically as he hit what would have been the enter key on a non elven computer, but in the unlearned language Matsa wasn't sure of it.’
      • ‘Catania suggested that organisms' preference for choice may be unlearned with a phylogenic basis.’
      • ‘The first assumption of POM / HR is that every human being is born with a source of psychological health - a natural, unlearned thinking process that is always rational, lucid, and functional.’
      • ‘Predators are able to learn to avoid prey exhibiting warning colors but they may also have unlearned aversions towards certain colors or patterns.’
      • ‘So angry I could hardly speak, I forced myself to calm for a moment as I danced away with her in my newly-taught but unlearned club-footed manner.’
      • ‘Arguments from incredulity wallow in a vulgar populism that elevates appeal to unlearned prejudice to a categorical imperative.’
      • ‘Interestingly, pyrazines can interact with visual cues in non-experienced predators to induce or enhance unlearned responses.’
      • ‘Although the mechanisms which permit modification of behavior are inherited, learned behavior does not emerge from, and is not an extension of, the unlearned behavior of the individual.’
      • ‘With the unlearnt condescension of a son, I gave him an inch of space and he took it: burying a jumpshot over my half-stretched hand.’
      inborn, natural, inbred, congenital, inherent, intrinsic, instinctive, intuitive, spontaneous, untaught
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Pronunciation

unlearned

/ʌnˈləːnd/