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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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 And, yet, their relative inexperience and their supreme taste for art allowed them to do something that is literally impossible today. Dallas News, "Appreciating John Lunsford, key in spurring Dallas Museum of Art's global reach," 3 July 2019 That inexperience was only exacerbated when their quarterbacks faced constant pressure, making precise route-running all the important. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football ranked fifth in Athlon's top 25: Why that's too high," 21 May 2018 Japan’s inexperience was costly, but coach Asako Takakura also failed to align the team to exploit the Argentinian’s single-striker, everyone-defending setup. Frank Dell’apa,, "The US is the team to beat at the World Cup, and we get a first look on Tuesday," 10 June 2019 But her high-profile combination of inside access and inexperience has made some colleagues wary of her return. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "This Mexican Chef Is Having a Very Good Year," 4 June 2019 Currently that cost is extraordinary, MIT writes, due to inexperience, extremely custom plant designs, regulatory issues, and financing issues. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Mapping what it would take for a renaissance for nuclear energy," 7 Sep. 2018 His inexperience showed up on defense and as a decision-maker with the ball, limiting his minutes until late in the season after the Hornets were out of playoff contention. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Hornets' decisive message to Malik Monk: Your shooting’s impressive. Now take this step.," 2 July 2018 Stretton said Younge had not violated due process in any cases, and any of her missteps were early in her time on the bench and could be blamed on inexperience. Samantha Melamed,, "Inside the Philly courtroom where you're not allowed to speak," 21 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 How to pronounce inexperience (audio) \

Kids Definition of inexperience

: lack of experience

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