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learned adjective (EDUCATED)

  /ˈlɜː.nɪd/    /ˈlɝː-/ formal describes someone who has studied for a long time and has a lot of knowledge: a learned professorIntelligencePerceptive

learned adjective (COPIED)

/ˈlɜːnd/    /ˈlɝːnd/ specialized psychology describes behaviour that has been copied from others: This sort of aggression is learned behaviour.Science of psychology and psychoanalysisMind and personality
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