un·​ini·​ti·​at·​ed ˌən-ə-ˈni-shē-ˌā-təd How to pronounce uninitiated (audio)
: lacking knowledge of or experience with something : not initiated : inexperienced
an uninitiated recruit
providing detailed instructions for the uninitiated [=for uninitiated people]

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web To uninitiated visitors, the store might have looked like a wash of white, but Mrs. Schacter ensured that no bride would be lost in a sea of tulle. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2023 One of the most exciting new capabilities of AI is to instruct untrained and uninitiated people to acquire medical-grade images through a smartphone. WIRED, 28 Jan. 2023 There’s a lot to learn here for the young and uninitiated about physics and the properties of cement and steel and the like, but in its own structure the book shows signs of strain. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 In 2015, Johnson was an uninitiated and undersized 225-pound tackle. Dallas News, 25 Apr. 2022 Barbarian is one of those wild-ride horror romps that’s best enjoyed with similarly uninitiated friends—everyone squirming and exclaiming and jumping out of their seats together as the craziness unfolds. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 30 Dec. 2022 For those uninitiated, L-ascorbic acid is the active form of the antioxidant vitamin C, commonplace in today's 'brightening' serums. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, 10 Nov. 2022 For those uninitiated, Imaginary Advice is made by Ross Sutherland, a British writer, filmmaker, and artist who should be widely considered a genius within podcasting circles. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 19 Oct. 2022 Again, an easy enough menu to read, though chicken cacciatore has been known to scare the phonetically uninitiated. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uninitiated was in 1678

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“Uninitiated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uninitiated. Accessed 27 May. 2023.

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