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.

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Stretton said Younge had not violated due process in any cases, and any of her missteps were early in her time on the bench and could be blamed on inexperience. Samantha Melamed,, "Inside the Philly courtroom where you're not allowed to speak," 21 May 2018 According to The Parrot Society UK, inexperience at nesting, improper nest depth, infertility and stress are all factors in egg breakage. Mallorie Sullivan,, "The last Carolina parakeet ever, lost in memory and now just lost," 22 Feb. 2018 While Apple reportedly cited the executive producer's inexperience, people familiar with the matter claim that the company also took issue with some of the humor written into the show, and Apple wanted a more upbeat show in general. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Sex, violence, drugs get the axe in Apple’s upcoming original content," 24 Sep. 2018 But Banister said that inexperience, along with injuries to experienced center fielder Carlos Tocci and Drew Robinson, was not a factor in playing DeShields in 27 straight. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "DeShields' hand feels better. That's the problem | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 May 2018 Pivec and McWilliams primarily handle the ball but both are more accustomed playing off-guard and both UCLA and USC took advantage of that inexperience, forcing OSU into a combined 48 turnovers that were turned into 59 points. Andrew Greif,, "Oregon State's first UCLA matchup was a beatdown. Might the rematch be a breakthrough?," 15 Feb. 2018 The youth and inexperience that was supposed to plague the Spartans in 2017 has quickly become seasoned and strong, burnished by hard fought wins at Michigan and home against Penn State. Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football or Michigan State, who is better? It's an easy call," 10 July 2018 The Rattlers overcame youth and inexperience — the team had only seven seniors on a 30-player roster — to advance to finish 11-1-2 and make the playoffs for the 18th straight season. Terrence Thomas, San Antonio Express-News, "Whitlock’s departure leaves legacy of family," 26 June 2018 Soto’s relative inexperience more closely mirrors these generational 19-year-olds: Ken Griffey Jr.: 552 plate appearances. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Why Nationals teen-phenom Juan Soto may be here to stay," 14 June 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 How to pronounce inexperience (audio) \

Kids Definition of inexperience

: lack of experience

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