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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Because of his inexperience, Briscoe most likely would begin the season as the team’s third-string point guard. Josh Robbins,, "Magic sign rookie free agent Isaiah Briscoe," 6 July 2018 Observers have noted his inexperience at the positions, but are intrigued by his athleticism. Kirk Kenney,, "Aztecs get verbal commitment from Brionne Penny, the younger brother of former running back Rashaad Penny," 28 June 2018 Even so, there is little doubt that both Saudi Arabia and the Emirates have sought a close relationship with Trump despite his inexperience and frequent criticisms of the Muslim world. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Saudis and Emiratis face the pitfalls of courting Trump," 23 May 2018 If everything stays relatively even, last season’s problems along the offensive line — injuries and inexperience — should be this season’s strength. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: IU football has plenty of holes to fill in 2018," 7 Jan. 2018 The complex crisis is magnified by the inexperience of some of the political appointees leading the response, said critics who include former officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations of the past decade. NBC News, "Many children detained under 'zero tolerance' border policy are under 13," 21 June 2018 At times, the inexperience showed in the pre-draft process. Mary Kay Cabot,, "Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield: Browns down to these two, sources say," 25 Apr. 2018 And the inexperience of playoff rookies Kevin Gravel and LaDue was painfully obvious in the early going. Helene Elliott,, "Kings forced to fight from a hole without Doughty," 14 Apr. 2018 The inexperience hasn’t prevented them from becoming one of the league’s most exciting teams. Shandel Richardson,, "No shortage of confidence from Heat entering first-round matchup against surging Sixers," 12 Apr. 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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