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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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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And the biggest safety issues right now stem from inexperience. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 Tough, smart player will have to be more of a vocal leader to unite an inexperience squad. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "Back home: Liberty returns to new-look KingCo 2A/3A for football," 28 Aug. 2018 But for Italy and Europe, that willingness to flip-flop, when coupled with Five Star’s inexperience in governing, could be dangerous, said Emanuele Fiano, a member of Parliament with the ruling Democratic Party. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "Can a party founded by a comedian run a major European country? Italy may soon find out.," 20 Feb. 2018 The book, currently No. 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list, paints an unflattering picture of Trump and his staff mired in an ongoing battle with inexperience and infighting during the first 100 days of his presidency. Joey Morona,, "'Fire and Fury,' that explosive Trump book, is being turned into a TV series," 18 Jan. 2018 But initial problems highlight Tesla's inexperience with mass-market production. Edmunds,, "Tesla Model 3: After driving it 3,000 miles, here's what's good and bad," 7 Mar. 2018 Any crisis between the United States and North Korea would face all these risks, compounded by North Korea’s relative inexperience with nuclear weapons and the incentives that both sides have to use nuclear weapons first in a crisis. Mark S. Bell, Washington Post, "North Korea won’t give up its nuclear weapons. The U.S. has three good reasons to talk anyway.," 9 Mar. 2018 The Detroit Tigers’ inexperience was evident on Monday night, from Nicholas Castellanos taking his eye off the baseball underneath a dome to Ronny Rodriguez not playing in close enough at third base against Carlos Gomez. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers mailbag: Will Michael Fulmer really be traded?," 10 July 2018 In an inexperience squad, Liverpool's uncapped teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope - who made the squad at the expense of Hart - also made the cut., "PHOTO: Arsenal Ace Jack Wilshere Takes to Instagram to Find Funny Side of World Cup Squad Omission," 17 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of inexperience

: lack of experience


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

Kids Definition of inexperience

: lack of experience

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