Definition of untaught in English:



  • 1Not having been taught or educated.

    ‘she is totally untaught and will not listen’
    • ‘An untaught genius (the obscure expressionist sources that critics find for his films are just nonsense), he was betrayed by the art form that he helped to revolutionise.’
    • ‘In the printed dedication, he again described himself as ‘an untaught man of little learning.’’
    • ‘Hicks was not an untaught primitive; the naivety of his style belongs to an established tradition for he was apprenticed to a coach painter and later painted signs for inns and shops.’
    • ‘This call will be joined by the parents and others if children are being left untaught and unsupervised while teachers go about their personal affairs.’
    • ‘It is human nature, for the untaught and unintelligent, to abuse power when they get the chance.’
    illiterate, uneducated, poorly educated, unschooled, untutored, untrained, uninstructed, unlearned, unread, uninformed, ignorant, unenlightened, unsophisticated, uncultivated, uncultured, philistine, benighted, vulgar, simple
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    1. 1.1 Not acquired by teaching; natural or spontaneous.
      ‘by untaught instinct they know that scent means food’
      • ‘You absorb the mostly unwritten and untaught rules for what to call people as you exit toddlerhood and proceed toward adulthood.’
      • ‘Although Sara and Tony both developed diagrams for the untaught problems, their representations were not consistently correct.’
      • ‘In a regular column for the BMJ he articulated many of the untaught and unappreciated immeasurables of general practice.’
      • ‘They can include visualisation, lateral thinking and troubleshooting, entrepreneurship, unusual creativity, an untaught understanding of how parts fit together or how systems operate.’
      • ‘We presumed only that they would want students to understand their fields in depth and develop an ability to use ideas in new, untaught contexts.’
      inborn, natural, inbred, congenital, inherent, intrinsic, instinctive, intuitive, spontaneous, unlearned
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