Definition of uncultivated in US English:



  • 1(of land) not used for growing crops.

    • ‘He, too, knew what it was like to look at an empty, uncultivated piece of land and imagine it blossoming with trees.’
    • ‘Nearly all processed nuts came from uncultivated trees growing in wild populations.’
    • ‘Nest boxes were on strips of uncultivated land planted with young trees among three cultivated fields, adjacent to a wooded area with large trees.’
    • ‘He pushed through a law which enabled the landless to take over some uncultivated land last year.’
    • ‘Native prairie grasses and plants blanket the uncultivated tribal land.’
    • ‘Much of the land remains uncultivated partly because its ownership is questionable, partly because its owners have moved away or are dead and mostly because there is no machinery to do the heavy work.’
    • ‘They leased uncultivated land to the owners of huge flocks of sheep.’
    • ‘It is also one of the reasons why these signs may be taken to signify uncultivated territory and places where wild animals roam.’
    • ‘The Earth's rice production must expand by about 1 percent annually to meet increasing demand, and almost no available uncultivated land is suited to intensive agriculture.’
    • ‘The land is mostly uncultivated and, the driver tells them, when the monsoon passes, the area is a desert.’
    • ‘Usually uncultivated and fallow lands need cleaning and leveling.’
    • ‘An appeal has gone out to farmers not to plough uncultivated land.’
    • ‘Under these systems, one third to one half of the land was uncultivated each year, while the cultivated land yielded only four or five units of harvested grain for each unit sown.’
    • ‘The power of feudal lords was reduced, and the richest settlers progressively gained control of uncultivated land.’
    • ‘Leaving one-half or one-third of the land uncultivated each year had become a widespread practice in the Middle Ages as a way to restore nutrients.’
    • ‘In a census year a piece of uncultivated land was not taxed until the following census.’
    • ‘They grew up together on the moors: the wild, rough and uncultivated terrain.’
    • ‘The characteristic landscape of Merovingian villages is a settlement composed of scattered little hamlets, with a multitude of little fields separated by uncultivated lands.’
    • ‘We are aware of no such studies of wild legumes growing in uncultivated soils.’
    • ‘Most farmers could only harvest one crop per season due to the minimal rainfall common to the area, and thus left their land uncultivated and searched for alternative sources of income.’
    unwanted, excess, superfluous, left over, scrap, extra, unused, useless, worthless
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) not highly educated or socially adept.
      • ‘‘How can such an uncultivated man govern the country?’’
      • ‘Who was this uncultivated person to introduce such base objects to a serious discussion?’
      • ‘This book does a fair job of describing the loggers themselves, uncultivated men for whom an ancient tree is nothing more than a potential fee.’
      untaught, unschooled, ill-educated, untutored, untrained, unread, unscholarly, illiterate, unlettered, ignorant, ill-informed, uninformed, lowbrow
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