adjective art·less \ˈärt-ləs\

: not false or artificial

Full Definition of ARTLESS

:  lacking art, knowledge, or skill :  uncultured <an artless brute>
a :  made without skill :  crude <an artless attempt to win votes>
b :  free from artificiality :  natural <artless grace>
:  free from guile or craft :  sincerely simple <an artless young woman>
art·less·ly adverb
art·less·ness noun

First Known Use of ARTLESS


Synonym Discussion of ARTLESS

natural, ingenuous, naive, unsophisticated, artless mean free from pretension or calculation. natural implies lacking artificiality and self-consciousness and having a spontaneousness suggesting the natural rather than the man-made world <her unaffected, natural manner>. ingenuous implies inability to disguise or conceal one's feelings or intentions <the ingenuous enthusiasm of children>. naive suggests lack of worldly wisdom often connoting credulousness and unchecked innocence <politically naive>. unsophisticated implies a lack of experience and training necessary for social ease and adroitness <unsophisticated adolescents>. artless suggests a naturalness resulting from unawareness of the effect one is producing on others <artless charm>.

Rhymes with ARTLESS


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