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unintelligent

Syllabification: un·in·tel·li·gent
Pronunciation: /ˌənənˈteləjənt
 
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Definition of unintelligent in English:

adjective

Having or showing a low level of intelligence: a good-natured but unintelligent boy
More example sentences
  • A foreign policy that speculates and spies on enemies from afar has given rise to unintelligent intelligence, a profound ignorance about what is going on in the world.
  • Farm labourers [in the Vale of Gloucester] are sufficiently numerous; they are noticeable as being simple, inoffensive, unintelligent, and apparently slow.
  • Would you want an intelligence agency too unintelligent to realise when information is unwelcome?
Synonyms
stupid, ignorant, dense, brainless, mindless, slow, dull-witted, feebleminded, simpleminded, vacuous, obtuse, vapid, irrational, idiotic
informal thick, knuckleheaded, bubbleheaded, lunkheaded, dim, dumb, dopey, halfwitted, dozy

Derivatives

unintelligence

1
noun
Example sentences
  • I won't further unintelligence by linking to the egregiously misnamed party with the bucks.
  • I do not tolerate impertinence, nor unintelligence!
  • He talks about her unintelligence when she is not around and has said that he went back to college so the relationship would ‘bleed out.’

unintelligently

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • In the photographs that accompany the article, the rappers appear virtually indistinguishable from street thugs, with the sullen stare of the unintelligently angry.
  • For memory, like everything else in the world, can be clumsily used, or unintelligently used, or used for false purposes or in bad faith.
  • It is hateful, shameful and a disgrace to all when it is used unintelligently.

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