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.

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That inexperience showed and Illinois endured one of its worst seasons since 2010. Matt Murschel,, "Struggling Illinois No. 107 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 12 May 2018 The inexperience will remain evident throughout the season, as players learn the intricacies of their secondary positions. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers mailbag: Will Michael Fulmer really be traded?," 10 July 2018 Their inexperience and inability to handle the spotlight and crowd noise showed., "World Cup Countdown: 4 Weeks to Go - Remembering South Korea's Tarnished Run to the 2002 Semis," 28 May 2018 But the actions of others, either through inexperience, ignorance, arrogance or sometimes outright illegality, can diminish or even ruin the day. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boat ramps a gateway to fun or frustration," 28 June 2018 Now, nearly forty years later, some are wondering if history could repeat itself and China could lose the next war for the same reasons: inexperience in the ranks. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Is the Chinese Military Ready for War?," 27 Nov. 2018 Her first year as mayor was rough, stemming in part from her inexperience with the mechanics of legislating. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Warm-and-fuzzy vs. driven by data: These mayoral candidates are total opposites," 20 May 2018 Chief Doug Biagi of Ventnor said the officer’s words perhaps showed his inexperience as a Class II seasonal officer, typically hired by Shore towns to bulk up staffing during busy summer months. Amy S. Rosenberg,, "Breathalyzers on the beach? Unlike Wildwood, most Shore police aren't wielding them," 31 May 2018 That's important because historically big self-funders try to use their money to overcome their political inexperience, according to Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle, "Two more big self-funders fail in Texas congressional races," 8 Mar. 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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