inexperience

noun
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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Other Words from inexperience

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.
Recent Examples on the Web That’s partially why Woodward, at least, doesn’t view leaning into the inexperience as akin to waiving the white flag on the season. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "With trade deadline closing in, all signs point to Rangers being active as they potentially shift focus to young prospects," 30 Aug. 2020 The inexperience, and a Michigan law that requires absentee ballots not be counted until Election Day, resulted in some mistakes and workers remaining at the TCF Center for nearly 24 hours. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan board vote may mandate future state takeover of Detroit elections," 24 Aug. 2020 Biden, after 50 years in Washington, doesn't have to worry about inexperience -- but youth could certainly be a consideration. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "What a presidential candidate's VP pick says about them," 5 Aug. 2020 The depth should be a concern because of the inexperience behind the starters. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Position Preview: Arrival of A.J. Bouye, return of Bryce Callahan (if healthy) could lead to more takeaways," 27 July 2020 If the Falcons can solve their depth and inexperience challenges, then a trip to the playoffs is certainly within reach. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Defensive veterans should bolster Falcons," 19 Aug. 2020 The collective inexperience means Jefferson, who came out of a record-setting LSU offense, is set up well to win a starting job. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Five new wide receivers — including first-rounder Justin Jefferson — learning the Vikings' system," 17 Aug. 2020 Queen and Harrison are expected to play a lot despite their inexperience. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Projecting the Ravens 53-man roster as full practices begin: Who makes the cut?," 15 Aug. 2020 These are all great signs for the Liberty, a team that shouldn’t be expected to rack up wins given its roster turnover and inexperience. Matt Ellentuck, New York Times, "The Liberty Are Showing Promise, Even in Their Struggle," 14 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of inexperience was in 1598

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7 Sep 2020

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“Inexperience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inexperience. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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inexperience

noun
How to pronounce inexperience (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inexperience

: lack of experience

inexperience

noun
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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