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]

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For the uninitiated, Love Island premiered in U.K. back in the summer of 2015 and is now in its fifth season (all available on Hulu). Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Love Island stars share advice for their U.S. counterparts ahead of CBS premiere," 9 July 2019 For the uninitiated, Merlan’s book is a riveting tour through the tangles of some of the most prominent conspiracy theories in circulation today. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Democratic Rot and the Origins of American Conspiracism," 3 July 2019 For the uninitiated, a classic Negroni is basically a strong mix of equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and an Italian bitter aperitivo (traditionally Campari). Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Approaching Its 100th Birthday, The Negroni is Having a Comeback," 28 June 2019 For the uninitiated, the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship is one of the Army’s trademark pipelines for servicemen to enter higher education. Luke Winkie, Vox, "He lost his ROTC scholarship when he came out. Decades later, he’s still paying back student debt.," 18 June 2019 For the uninitiated, the Bowerman Track Club and Oregon Project both are based at Nike World Headquarters. oregonlive.com, "Matthew Centrowitz faces his former Oregon Project teammates in the Pre Classic: Oregon track & field rundown," 28 June 2019 For the uninitiated, here’s some background: TheSkimm — the outfit behind this book — is a nonpartisan membership company targeted at female millennials, with a whopping community of followers. Washington Post, "Do millennial women really need the book ‘How to Skimm Your Life’? Give us more credit.," 25 June 2019 For the uninitiated, here's some background: theSkimm — the outfit behind this book — is a nonpartisan membership company targeted at millennial women, with a whopping community of followers. Nneka Mcguire, Dallas News, "Do millennial women really need the book 'How to Skimm Your Life'? Give us more credit," 25 June 2019 Alterna-seders provide context to welcome the uninitiated and allow Passover pros to make this annual tradition their own. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Humor / Other Stuff / Religion How are these seders different from all other seders?," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of uninitiated

1678, in the meaning defined above

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