artless

Yes, artless could mean lacking in art, but more often it means lacking in superficiality or deceit. An artless person could never make a living as a con artist.

Originally meaning "unskillful" or "uncultured," artless evolved into meaning not skilled or cultured in the art of deceit. If you are artless, you are natural and uncontrived. Young people, animals, the socially inept — these can all be artless in the way they express themselves. They seem to mean exactly what they say.

Definitions of artless
  1. adjective
    simple and natural; without cunning or deceit
    “an artless manner”
    artless elegance”
    Synonyms:
    careless
    effortless and unstudied
    natural
    in accordance with nature; relating to or concerning nature
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    Antonyms:
    artful
    marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft
    adroit
    quick or skillful or adept in action or thought
    crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy, tricky, wily
    marked by skill in deception
    cute, precious
    obviously contrived to charm
    designing, scheming
    concealing crafty designs for advancing your own interest
    deep
    exhibiting great cunning usually with secrecy
    elusive
    skillful at eluding capture
    manipulative
    skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage
    pawky
    cunning and sly
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  2. adjective
    characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious
    synonyms: ingenuous
    candid, heart-to-heart, open
    openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
    undistorted
    without alteration or misrepresentation
    sincere
    open and genuine; not deceitful
    naif, naive
    marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience
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    Antonyms:
    artful, disingenuous
    not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness
    distorted, misrepresented, perverted, twisted
    having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented
    insincere
    lacking sincerity
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  3. adjective
    (of persons) lacking art or knowledge
    synonyms: uncultivated, uncultured
    unrefined
    (used of persons and their behavior) not refined; uncouth
  4. adjective
    showing lack of art
    “an artless translation”
    Synonyms:
    unskilled
    not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency
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