uninitiated

adjective
un·​ini·​ti·​at·​ed | \ ˌən-ə-ˈni-shē-ˌā-təd \

Definition of uninitiated

: lacking knowledge of or experience with something : not initiated : inexperienced an uninitiated recruit providing detailed instructions for the uninitiated [=for uninitiated people]

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The groutfit— or grey outfit, for the uninitiated — is the modern take on a monochromatic neutral look. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "5 Chic Outfits that Take the Stress Out of Valentine's Day Dressing," 30 Jan. 2019 For the uninitiated, who must be few: Halston was one of the most influential designers of the 1970s and 1980s, if not the most influential. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Halston’s Life Is Being Transformed Into a Miniseries Starring Ewan McGregor," 4 Jan. 2019 With a mixture of charm and persistence, Mas Canosa often extracted commitments from the uninitiated to join the fight against Castro. Christopher Marquis, miamiherald, "Jorge Mas Canosa dead at 58," 15 June 2018 But first, for the uninitiated, who are the Blackhawks? Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Blackhawk': Who Is Steven Spielberg's DC Comics Team?," 17 Apr. 2018 For the uninitiated, Swift fans are convinced her next album is either nautical-themed or about mermaids, so this dress...amplified that theory. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Taylor Swift's Surprise Night Out at the 2019 Golden Globes: Everything We Know," 7 Jan. 2019 For the uninitiated, there are two groups — Autobots (the good guys) and Decepticons (the bad guys). Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Bumblebee is basically E.T., but with a Transformer. It’s delightful!," 18 Dec. 2018 For the uninitiated, the process of booking a safari can be daunting. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Safari in Kenya: A Beginner's Guide," 14 Nov. 2018 Balenciaga is bringing its pantashoes (pants that are also shoes, for the uninitiated) to an exclusive capsule collection for Net-a-Porter. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Here’s Where to Buy Limited-Edition Balenciaga," 16 Jan. 2018

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1678, in the meaning defined above

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