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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web This is one reason why Wordsworth is wary of those who lack inexperience, and why children keep popping up at crucial moments. Matthew Bevis, Harper's Magazine, "Faintly Risible, Obscurely Resonant," 23 June 2020 Biggie Rodriguez, no relation to Bam, is being brought along more slowly than the others because of inexperience. John Whisler,, "Robert ‘Biggie’ Rodriguez, San Antonio fighters in capable hands with California trainer," 17 June 2020 Lack of inexperience could trouble A&M in the backfield if things don’t go well. Alex Miller, Dallas News, "Texas A&M running back outlook for 2020: Can Isaiah Spiller take the next step after a strong freshman season?," 21 Feb. 2020 Quinton Rose and Nate Pierre-Louis will form a potent backcourt, but outside of those two, there’s a whole lot of inexperience for the Owls. Caleb Friedman,, "AAC Offseason Report: Power Rankings and Burning Questions for 2019–20," 18 June 2019 Mickens will once again be working with plenty of inexperience in his first season at Notre Dame. Tyler James, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football: How cornerbacks coach Mike Mickens develops players," 25 Feb. 2020 There was frustration and confusion at times as South Carolina exploited inexperience in the middle of the Alabama defense with a rookie of its own. Michael Casagrande |, al, "The good, bad news about Alabama’s defense," 15 Sep. 2019 Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has rubbished claims that new boss Frank Lampard's inexperience in management will be a problem for the club, amid calls for the club to reunite under his leadership following a rocky season., "Cesar Azpilicueta Rubbishes Claims That Frank Lampard's Inexperience Will Be a Problem at Chelsea," 11 July 2019 So far, teaching and learning vary greatly within and among school districts, an educational hodgepodge plagued by administrative delays and technological inexperience. Jill Tucker,, "Bay Area parents blast the lack of teaching at many schools during coronavirus closures," 12 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of inexperience was in 1598

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27 Jun 2020

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“Inexperience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inexperience

: lack of experience


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Kids Definition of inexperience

: lack of experience

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