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Titular phrase serves the meaning well enough, just that I've got the nagging feeling of forgetting a more common, less conspicuous one. Intellectual deprivation could ring derogatory. Intellectual starvation... a bit strong.

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  • Small-minded, provincial perhaps? – Bookeater Jan 4 '18 at 12:07
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scatterbrained, numskulled as in slow thinker, someone lacking intellectuality

Foboko describes scatterbrained as :

https://www.foboko.com/sentence-dictionary/english/scatterbrained

nescient as in ignorant

https://www.foboko.com/sentence-dictionary/english/nescient

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