inexperience

noun
in·​ex·​pe·​ri·​ence | \ ˌi-nik-ˈspir-ē-ən(t)s \

Definition of inexperience

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

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Other Words from inexperience

inexperienced \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈspir-​ē-​ən(t)st \ adjective

Examples of inexperience in a Sentence

He blames his mistakes on inexperience.

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Their inexperience and inability to handle the spotlight and crowd noise showed. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 4 Weeks to Go - Remembering South Korea's Tarnished Run to the 2002 Semis," 28 May 2018 But the actions of others, either through inexperience, ignorance, arrogance or sometimes outright illegality, can diminish or even ruin the day. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boat ramps a gateway to fun or frustration," 28 June 2018 Now, nearly forty years later, some are wondering if history could repeat itself and China could lose the next war for the same reasons: inexperience in the ranks. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Is the Chinese Military Ready for War?," 27 Nov. 2018 Her first year as mayor was rough, stemming in part from her inexperience with the mechanics of legislating. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Warm-and-fuzzy vs. driven by data: These mayoral candidates are total opposites," 20 May 2018 Chief Doug Biagi of Ventnor said the officer’s words perhaps showed his inexperience as a Class II seasonal officer, typically hired by Shore towns to bulk up staffing during busy summer months. Amy S. Rosenberg, Philly.com, "Breathalyzers on the beach? Unlike Wildwood, most Shore police aren't wielding them," 31 May 2018 That's important because historically big self-funders try to use their money to overcome their political inexperience, according to Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle, "Two more big self-funders fail in Texas congressional races," 8 Mar. 2018 The article argues that China’s relative inexperience—compared to the armed forces of the U.S. and the West—could prove disastrous on a future battlefield. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Is the Chinese Military Ready for War?," 27 Nov. 2018 The executive producer’s inexperience was an issue, but Apple also wanted a more upbeat show and took exception to some of the humor proposed, according to people working on the project. Joe Flint, WSJ, "No Sex Please, We’re Apple: iPhone Giant Seeks TV Success on Its Own Terms," 22 Sep. 2018

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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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inexperience

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inexperience

: lack of experience

inexperience

noun
in·​ex·​pe·​ri·​ence | \ ˌi-nik-ˈspir-ē-əns \

Kids Definition of inexperience

: lack of experience

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