in·​ex·​pe·​ri·​ence | \ ˌi-nik-ˈspir-ē-ən(t)s How to pronounce inexperience (audio) \

Definition of inexperience

1 : lack of practical experience
2 : lack of knowledge of the ways of the world

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inexperienced \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈspir-​ē-​ən(t)st How to pronounce inexperienced (audio) \ adjective

Examples of inexperience in a Sentence

He blames his mistakes on inexperience.

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The two will have to overcome their youth and inexperience., "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 31 Miami counting on Manny Diaz to help rejuvenate Hurricanes," 23 July 2019 And the overarching inexperience (and, perhaps, immaturity?) could rear its head given the buzz affixed to a team trying to break the league's longest postseason drought by punching its first playoff tickets since 2002. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "2019 NFL record projections: Can Chargers prevent a Patriots run to Super Bowl LIV?," 22 July 2019 Liddle's frustration comes from the Tigers' (25-42) inexperience, which has hindered them against playoff caliber teams and what also has the Tigers close to the bottom of the American League Central. J.l. Kirven, Detroit Free Press, "'Little League' mistakes plague Detroit Tigers in third straight loss," 15 June 2019 This move certainly makes sense, then, with Da Silva likely to come for a relatively low sum given his age and inexperience, making this a low-risk purchase., "Manchester United in 'Advanced Talks' With Promising Youngster," 18 July 2019 Denton joined the medical examiner’s office in 1996 and said his relative inexperience at the time contributed to his ruling. George Houde,, "At murder trial, pathologist says suburban woman’s drowning in 2000 bothered him, but evidence was lacking at the time to call it a homicide," 18 July 2019 Quarterbacks picked on Person, with Northwestern and Michigan in particular taking advantage of his inexperience opposite Justin Layne, who is now in the NFL. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Sizing up Michigan State football's impact backups for 2019," 16 July 2019 But his inexperience and defensive deficiencies were exposed a game later against Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards and his time in the rotation was short-lived. Joe Freeman,, "Anfernee Simons continues push for Portland Trail Blazers’ rotation spot with solid summer league play," 13 July 2019 Believing otherwise betrays your inexperience with this museum’s form. Christopher Knight,, "An open letter to LACMA architect Peter Zumthor: Stop dissing L.A.’s art," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of inexperience

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inexperience

Middle French, from Late Latin inexperientia, from Latin in- + experientia experience

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English Language Learners Definition of inexperience

: lack of experience


in·​ex·​pe·​ri·​ence | \ ˌi-nik-ˈspir-ē-əns How to pronounce inexperience (audio) \

Kids Definition of inexperience

: lack of experience

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not constant or steady

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