in·​ex·​pe·​ri·​ence ˌi-nik-ˈspir-ē-ən(t)s How to pronounce inexperience (audio)
: lack of practical experience
: lack of knowledge of the ways of the world
inexperienced adjective

Example Sentences

He blames his mistakes on inexperience.
Recent Examples on the Web His youth and inexperience have been an excuse, but Williams is running out of runway to reach his potential. Julia Poe, Chicago Tribune, 25 Oct. 2022 Despite entering this fall with youth and inexperience, Central Catholic is making great strides. Kat Cornetta,, 20 Sep. 2022 For reasons belonging to youth and inexperience, Memphis’ first time out at Manchester United ended in misrey. Liam Canning, Forbes, 26 Aug. 2022 Another way to understand the relative inexperience of this team is by looking at its defense and a player who may not see the pitch at all. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 15 Nov. 2022 The veterans must play as stalwarts of the offensive line to compensate for the inexperience at right guard and left tackle. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Sep. 2022 Rai Benjamin, who won silver in the 400-meter hurdles, chalked the team's performance up to inexperience. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2021 It’s lacking consistency, and some of that is owed to inexperience. Jon Meoli,, 21 Apr. 2021 Chalk some of that up to inexperience, some to the loss of rebounding stalwarts from last year and some to Malik Williams’ 3-month injury layoff. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, 4 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History


Middle French, from Late Latin inexperientia, from Latin in- + experientia experience

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inexperience was in 1598

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“Inexperience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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in·​ex·​pe·​ri·​ence ˌin-ik-ˈspir-ē-ən(t)s How to pronounce inexperience (audio)
: lack of experience
inexperienced adjective

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