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 inexperience (audio) \ adjective

Examples of inexperience in a Sentence

He blames his mistakes on inexperience.
Recent Examples on the Web On the first full night of Connecticut high school football in 636 days, after the 2020 season was cancelled due to COVID-19, both the Warhawks and Rams showed signs of rust and inexperience in their opener. Shawn Mcfarland,, 11 Sep. 2021 Managerial inexperience and thin bench risk management acumen only worsened the odds. Frank Van Gansbeke, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 But because the Buckeyes had played just eight games last season, the coaches had come to fear that their mighty program, perpetually stocked with elite athletes, was vulnerable to infiltration by rust and inexperience. New York Times, 1 Sep. 2021 Even with all of that, Billups remains confident and stoic, yet humble enough to recognize his shortcomings, including inexperience. oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2021 That isn’t a good sign given the level of inexperience — ideally, one candidate would have separated. oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2021 The inexperience at the quarterback position will be a key factor for the Panthers, with the team returning only two quarterbacks who played at all last season. Brett Shweky,, 23 Aug. 2021 Despite his age and relative big-league inexperience (32 career starts), he isn’t considered a prospect. Meghan Montemurro,, 18 Aug. 2021 The project has been bogged down by a lengthy construction process, in part due to U.S. inexperience constructing high-speed rail and because federal dollars forced the state to start construction before all the necessary land had been acquired. Author: Jeff Stein, Michael Laris, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Aug. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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