How does “aboriginal” mean “unsophisticated”?

A list of SAT vocabulary words from gives the following definition for the word aboriginal:

aboriginal adj. Primitive; unsophisticated.

I know that aboriginal means a person or group of people who have been living beforehand or the first people to live in a certain region. How does it mean “unsophisticated”?


aboriginal OED

a. First or earliest as recorded by history; present from the
beginning; primitive. Of peoples, plants, and animals:
inhabiting or existing in a land from earliest times; strictly native,


b. Frequently with initial capital. Of, relating to, or
characteristic of the Aborigines of Australia or their languages.


b. Also with capital initial. Inhabiting or occupying a country
before the arrival of European colonists and those whom they

unsophisticated OED

Not sophisticated in habits, manners, or mind; natural, ingenuous,
inexperienced. Not tampered with, altered, or falsified; uncorrupted,
genuine. Unmixed, unadulterated.

Speaking of aboriginal peoples: unsophisticated only in a sense of comparison to other collections of humans at the time. The Oxford English Dictionary does not use the word, and there is no sense of disparagement in its definitions.

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