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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The article argues that China’s relative inexperience—compared to the armed forces of the U.S. and the West—could prove disastrous on a future battlefield. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Is the Chinese Military Ready for War?," 27 Nov. 2018 The executive producer’s inexperience was an issue, but Apple also wanted a more upbeat show and took exception to some of the humor proposed, according to people working on the project. Joe Flint, WSJ, "No Sex Please, We’re Apple: iPhone Giant Seeks TV Success on Its Own Terms," 22 Sep. 2018 But the Heat’s playoff inexperience showed in Game 1. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Time for Whiteside to wake up — or say good night to season | Commentary," 15 Apr. 2018 Automation in modern jets also compensates for inexperience. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "Engine Trouble: Chinese Airline Mishaps Put Spotlight on Pilots," 24 Nov. 2018 But if Trump thinks blasting Tester will harm the senator in his reelection bid, he’s revealing both his own political inexperience and a fundamental misunderstanding of Montana voters. David C.w. Parker, Washington Post, "Trump’s threats are unlikely to hurt Sen. Jon Tester. In fact, they may help him.," 2 May 2018 And the biggest safety issues right now stem from inexperience. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 Tough, smart player will have to be more of a vocal leader to unite an inexperience squad. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "Back home: Liberty returns to new-look KingCo 2A/3A for football," 28 Aug. 2018 But for Italy and Europe, that willingness to flip-flop, when coupled with Five Star’s inexperience in governing, could be dangerous, said Emanuele Fiano, a member of Parliament with the ruling Democratic Party. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "Can a party founded by a comedian run a major European country? Italy may soon find out.," 20 Feb. 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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