adjective Date: 1589 1. lacking art, knowledge, or skill ; uncultured <
an artless brute
2. a. made without skill ; crude <
an artless attempt to win votes
b. free from artificiality ; natural <
artless grace
3. free from guile or craft ; sincerely simple <
an artless young woman
Synonyms: see naturalartlessly adverbartlessness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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