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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Any crisis between the United States and North Korea would face all these risks, compounded by North Korea’s relative inexperience with nuclear weapons and the incentives that both sides have to use nuclear weapons first in a crisis. Mark S. Bell, Washington Post, "North Korea won’t give up its nuclear weapons. The U.S. has three good reasons to talk anyway.," 9 Mar. 2018 The Detroit Tigers’ inexperience was evident on Monday night, from Nicholas Castellanos taking his eye off the baseball underneath a dome to Ronny Rodriguez not playing in close enough at third base against Carlos Gomez. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers mailbag: Will Michael Fulmer really be traded?," 10 July 2018 In an inexperience squad, Liverpool's uncapped teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope - who made the squad at the expense of Hart - also made the cut., "PHOTO: Arsenal Ace Jack Wilshere Takes to Instagram to Find Funny Side of World Cup Squad Omission," 17 May 2018 Because of his inexperience, Briscoe most likely would begin the season as the team’s third-string point guard. Josh Robbins,, "Magic sign rookie free agent Isaiah Briscoe," 6 July 2018 Observers have noted his inexperience at the positions, but are intrigued by his athleticism. Kirk Kenney,, "Aztecs get verbal commitment from Brionne Penny, the younger brother of former running back Rashaad Penny," 28 June 2018 Even so, there is little doubt that both Saudi Arabia and the Emirates have sought a close relationship with Trump despite his inexperience and frequent criticisms of the Muslim world. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Saudis and Emiratis face the pitfalls of courting Trump," 23 May 2018 If everything stays relatively even, last season’s problems along the offensive line — injuries and inexperience — should be this season’s strength. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: IU football has plenty of holes to fill in 2018," 7 Jan. 2018 The complex crisis is magnified by the inexperience of some of the political appointees leading the response, said critics who include former officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations of the past decade. NBC News, "Many children detained under 'zero tolerance' border policy are under 13," 21 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 \

Kids Definition of inexperience

: lack of experience

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evasion of direct action or statement

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