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.

Primary Meanings of artless

1.
adj
simple and natural; without cunning or deceit
2.
adj
(of persons) lacking art or knowledge
Full Definitions of artless
1

adj 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
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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adj 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
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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2

adj (of persons) lacking art or knowledge

Synonyms:
uncultivated, uncultured
unrefined
(used of persons and their behavior) not refined; uncouth

adj showing lack of art

“an artless translation”
Synonyms:
unskilled
not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency

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