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

Other Words from inexperience

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 That's despite the company's inexperience in public health. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 19 July 2022 Gonsolin’s inexperience on the mound was quickly evident. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2022 In the last election, Kaul's relative inexperience became an issue between him and then-Attorney General Brad Schimel, a Republican whom Kaul defeated in 2018. Daniel Bice, Journal Sentinel, 3 May 2022 At the start of the NBA Finals between Boston and Golden State, the Celtics’ inexperience vs. the Warriors’ experience at this stage of the postseason was a storyline. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 14 June 2022 Falls can happen due to inexperience, user error, malfunctioning safety equipment, or neglecting to use any fall arrest system. al, 13 June 2022 And every decision Scherer makes is being scrutinized, at least partly, through the lens of how she was assigned and her inexperience — particularly compared to the case’s seasoned prosecutors and defense attorneys. Terry Spencer, Sun Sentinel, 13 May 2022 Any acquisition plans could be hindered by Saudi National Bank’s relative inexperience on the global stage, as well as potential regulatory hurdles. Dinesh Nair,, 24 Feb. 2022 The Pistons, meanwhile, have fallen victim to injuries and inexperience en route to 14 consecutive losses, tying a franchise record. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 18 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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in·​ex·​pe·​ri·​ence | \ ˌi-nik-ˈspir-ē-əns How to pronounce inexperience (audio) \

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: lack of experience

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