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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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 fact could mostly be attributed to Giles’ inexperience. oregonlive, 12 July 2021 Oregon went 4-3 last season and their offense got off to a fast start, earning victories over UCLA and USC despite inexperience. Kayla Harvey, cleveland, 25 June 2021 Mixing simplified information with user inexperience is a dangerous cocktail, the study showed. April Rudin, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Too much inexperience on the coaching staff, and a few problem attitudes on the roster. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 30 May 2021 The 2021 season has been every bit the challenge on the pitching side that it was expected to be, and made worse by the Orioles’ general inexperience and inconsistency in the rotation and in the bullpen. Jon Meoli,, 24 May 2021 The youth and inexperience of the genre don’t present limitations to the organization. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 21 June 2021 Operator inexperience is one of the leading contributing factors to boating crashes in Alabama. Carol Robinson |, al, 23 May 2021 The Orioles’ collapse at the end of 2017 and through 2018 came down to a truly awful pitching staff whose inexperience was only part of the problem. Jon Meoli,, 29 Mar. 2021

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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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22 Jul 2021

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“Inexperience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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