free from deceit, cunning, or craftiness; ingenuous:
an artless child.
not artificial; natural; simple; uncontrived:
artless beauty; artless charm.
lacking , knowledge, or skill.
poorly made; inartistic; clumsy; crude:
an artless translation.
Contemporary Examples

It was spoken as if by a condemned man: largely devoid of emotion, implausible, halting, artless, and sad.
Four Exes on Tiger Rebecca Dana February 18, 2010

Closest as in “closest to her heart,” or something clutched, or something unvarnished, artless, some plain truth?
Three Cheers for Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize in Literature Malcolm Jones October 9, 2013

Relevant backstory is condensed into a few lines of artless dialogue.
Ashton Kutcher’s ‘Jobs’ Is Actually Not That Bad Rob Fishman August 15, 2013

Historical Examples

But Desnoyers was not there to confirm his mother’s artless opinions.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Vicente Blasco Ibanez

Some of the inscriptions were so artless as to provoke a smile.
The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Emile Zola

In tragedy she was remarkable for her artless sensibility and exquisite variety of expression.
Haunted London Walter Thornbury

He was too artless to conceal it, yet too modest to express it.
Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz

Within twenty-four hours all the town was talking of her bewitching face, her artless manner, her sweet voice.
Madame Flirt Charles E. Pearce

They have many ways of inveigling the artless and unthinking.
Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II. Pierce Egan

So that these artless little self-revelations are very sweet and precious to me among all the lay figures, tragedy and comedy.
Certain Personal Matters H. G. Wells

free from deceit, guile, or artfulness; ingenuous: an artless remark
natural, without artifice; unpretentious: artless elegance
without art or skill

1580s, “unskillful,” from art (n.) + -less. Later also “uncultured” (1590s); then “unartificial, natural” (1670s) and “guileless, ingenuous” (1714). Related: Artlessly; artlessness.


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