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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The youth and inexperience that was supposed to plague the Spartans in 2017 has quickly become seasoned and strong, burnished by hard fought wins at Michigan and home against Penn State. Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football or Michigan State, who is better? It's an easy call," 10 July 2018 The Rattlers overcame youth and inexperience — the team had only seven seniors on a 30-player roster — to advance to finish 11-1-2 and make the playoffs for the 18th straight season. Terrence Thomas, San Antonio Express-News, "Whitlock’s departure leaves legacy of family," 26 June 2018 Soto’s relative inexperience more closely mirrors these generational 19-year-olds: Ken Griffey Jr.: 552 plate appearances. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Why Nationals teen-phenom Juan Soto may be here to stay," 14 June 2018 But Kidd had publicly attempted to lower the hype level this season as the team struggled, frequently citing youth and inexperience. Jeremy Woo,, "Bucks Stop Here: Jason Kidd Fired After Milwaukee Regresses," 22 Jan. 2018 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

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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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