non·​ini·​ti·​ate ˌnän-i-ˈni-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce noninitiate (audio)
: a person who has some experience and knowledge in a field or subject : a person who is not an initiate
… the noninitiate may find the symbology abstruse …Francis Morrone
… is so deadpan that noninitiates don't catch the humor.Greg Kot

Word History

First Known Use

1660, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of noninitiate was in 1660

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“Noninitiate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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