• WordNet 3.6
    • adj unlearned uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication "an ignorant man","nescient of contemporary literature","an unlearned group incapable of understanding complex issues","exhibiting contempt for his unlettered companions"
    • adj unlearned not established by conditioning or learning "an unconditioned reflex"
    • adj unlearned not well learned
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unlearned Not exhibiting learning; as, unlearned verses.
    • Unlearned Not gained by study; not known.
    • Unlearned Not learned; untaught; uneducated; ignorant; illiterate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unlearned Not learned; ignorant; illiterate; not instructed; inexperienced.
    • unlearned Not suitable to a learned man; not becoming a scholar.
    • unlearned (un-lėrnd′ ). Not gained by study; not known; not acquired by investigation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unlearned not learned: ignorant
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  • Alvin Toffler
    Alvin Toffler
    “The illiterate of the future are not those that cannot read or write. They are those that can not learn, unlearn, relearn.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.”
  • Lucius C. Falkland
    Lucius C. Falkland
    “I do pity unlearned people on a rainy day.”
  • Gloria Steinem
    “The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.”
  • Young
    “Unlearned men of books are like the eunuchs who are guardians of the beautiful.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “When any real progress is made, we unlearn and learn anew what we thought we knew before.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. un-, + learned,


In literature:

I fear I'm not good at explaining, either, for I'm just a dull, unlearned fellow.
"Two Little Travellers" by Frances Browne Arthur
They have no serious vices of their own, very little to unlearn, and are docile enough.
"Peeps At Many Lands: Australia" by Frank Fox
The room itself was indicative of the youthful and unlearned character of its owner.
"Peter and Jane" by S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
If learned men ignored the disputes the unlearned would not.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
It was just the kind of music to please the unlearned in the art.
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon
It makes you wonder what other obvious lessons may still be unlearned.
"This Simian World" by Clarence Day
He'd begun that even before I first saw him and it's hard to unlearn things, you know.
"Dorothy on a Ranch" by Evelyn Raymond
Another professor at Munich, from whom Agassiz learned much, and had nothing to unlearn, was the anatomist and physiologist Doellinger.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8" by Various
But at first he has much to unlearn.
"Through St. Dunstan's to Light" by James H. Rawlinson
It is evident to the unlearned observer that, while mature, he is long short of the turn of life.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard

In poetry:

OUR Father! while our hearts unlearn
The creeds that wrong thy name,
Still let our hallowed altars burn
With Faith's undying flame!
"Hymn Written For The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Of The Reorganization Of The Boston Young Men’s Christ" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Unlearned, unknown to lettered fame,
Yet on the lips of England's poor
And toiling millions dwelt his name,
With blessings evermore.
"Channing" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Yea, the voiceless wrath of the wretched,
and their unlearned discontent,
We must give it voice and wisdom
till the waiting-tide be spent.
"The Day Is Coming" by William Morris
This is the curse of time. Alas!
In grief I am not all unlearn'd;
Once thro' mine own doors Death did pass;
One went, who never hath return'd.
"To J. S." by Alfred Lord Tennyson
And the hard truth no illusion can refine--
Touched the unlearned eyes and sharpened them,
As the blue flowers on the celestial stem
Or faded clothing drying on a line
"Future in Miniature" by Marya Zaturenska
If thou art learn'd — th' unlearn'd instruct with care,
If a good shepherd — guide thy flock with skill —
If a wise steward — give to each his share,
If a true Christian, do thy Master's will.
"The Duty Of Clergymen" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Horgan argues that war is socially and politically conditioned and can be unlearned and avoided.
In a blog post today, Scott McLeod shared whathesaid's list of the 10 things he believed teachers should unlearn .
Life's lessons learned and unlearned .
In euro crisis, US lessons unlearned .
Class, Sexuality and Lessons Unlearned .
Heroes Forgotten, Lessons Unlearned .
The Unlearned Lesson Of Lean.
Niger's hunger crisis: a legacy of lessons unlearned .
The Unlearned Lessons of Katrina.
Terrorism, Rights and Unlearned Lessons.
"He's had to unlearn three decades of muscle memory," cracked someone from inside Quinn's campaign a couple of months ago.
Unlearning the Lessons of Econ 101.
Niger 's hunger crisis: a legacy of lessons unlearned.
Flexibility, thrift, and self-reliance are the essential ingredients of any start-up, but you may need to unlearn these skills in order to grow your business.
Chloe Sevigny might be played a transgender assassin in the upcoming miniseries Hit and Miss, but no matter how great her performance might be, there's one line she needs to unlearn.

In science:

We call such a situation unlearnable, and do not consider it in the sequel.
Harmonic mean, random polynomials and stochastic matrices
The results of doing several such simulations, for K = 15 and L = 10 (so that the parity operation is an unlearnable task for the student network) and following random initialisation of the various weights, are shown in figure 3.
Statistical Mechanical Analysis of the Dynamics of Learning in Perceptrons
This maximum likelihood estimation procedure, which is essentially Boltzmann learning , can be thought of as iteratively stabilizing the native structure on the one hand and ’unlearn’ incorrect folds, which traps the protein during folding, on the other.
Teaching computers to fold proteins
Yang, The Infinite Gift - How Children Learn and Unlearn the Languages of the World, Scribner, New York 2006.
Birth, survival and death of languages by Monte Carlo simulation
It may be read as a combined process of learning the desired association and “unlearning” the current erroneous one.
Neural Networks