V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. of or from a province; 2. being narrow-minded or unsophisticated

Synonyms: regional, rural, homespun, limited, rustic, unsophisticated, narrow-minded, unpolished

Antonyms: urban, polished, sophisticated, open-minded

Tips: Think of the related word province, as it means "a part of a country that is away from the main cities." Provincial's meaning of "unpolished" derived from stereotypical characteristics of people from provinces, who were thought to be narrow-minded and unsophisticated.

Usage Examples:

He was a narrow-minded, provincial man who did not really want to hear my opinion. (unsophisticated)

His provincial way of thinking led him to believe that school was only necessary until the eighth grade. (homespun, limited)

The Canadian territory sought to increase its provincial rights. (regional)

She was far too provincial to dress in trendy clothes or know much about fashion. (unsophisticated, limited)

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