1. Having or displaying no guile or deceit; honest or sincere: an artless child. See Synonyms at naive.
2. Free of artificiality; natural: artless charm.
3. Lacking art, knowledge, or skill; uncultured and ignorant.
4. Poorly made or done; crude.
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