uninitiated

adjective
un·​ini·​ti·​at·​ed | \ ˌən-ə-ˈni-shē-ˌā-təd How to pronounce uninitiated (audio) \

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]

Examples of uninitiated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It is drably shot and does little work to introduce its characters to the uninitiated. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 6 Jan. 2022 To the uninitiated, Glenn’s Crossing is a boutique distillery near Frankfort. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 16 Dec. 2021 And to the uninitiated, perhaps Game 3 was a low point of sorts. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2021 The kitchens of the wealthy in the United States today are capable of providing a humbling experience to the uninitiated. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 To the uninitiated, the numerals from left to right tell the number of wheels composing the leading truck, the number of driving wheels, and the number of wheels on the rear truck. Wayne Whittaker, Popular Mechanics, 26 Aug. 2021 The multipurpose performing-arts centers that arose in the financially flush Cold War years have aged badly, their governmental façades often uninviting to the uninitiated. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 To the uninitiated, his lab now looks like something out of a horror flick. Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2021 For years, director Edgar Wright would try to explain his love for the influential bizarro cult band Sparks to the uninitiated, only to be met with bewildered stares. Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of uninitiated

1678, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uninitiated was in 1678

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23 Jan 2022

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“Uninitiated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uninitiated. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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