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

Examples of inexperience in a Sentence

He blames his mistakes on inexperience.
Recent Examples on the Web Still, despite his relative inexperience, his immediate response was to order the soldiers to return to the stream. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 June 2024 Holliday’s inexperience against quality left-handed pitching was one of the reasons Elias listed to justify starting the top prospect in Triple-A while also saying the 20-year-old’s service time was not a factor. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 26 Mar. 2024 Despite his youth and relative inexperience, Ellison impressed those around him. Stacy Perman, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2024 His temper and apparent madness was a big issue, as was the inexperience and limited reach of his nascent political organization. Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for inexperience 

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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 17 Jun. 2024.

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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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