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 For the uninitiated, Bridgerton follows the siblings of a powerful family who try to find love during England’s Regency era. Paulina Jayne Isaac, Glamour, "Bridgerton Had the 5th Biggest Premiere in Netflix History," 5 Jan. 2021 For some drinkers, hangxiety—that’s hangover anxiety, for the uninitiated—is almost as reliable as the pounding headache and queasy stomach. Christina Stiehl, SELF, "How to Tell If Your Hangover Anxiety Could Be a Problem," 1 Jan. 2021 Sweet and salty, these Honeyed Almonds are a great recipe for the uninitiated. Meredith Deeds, Star Tribune, "3 flavorful appetizers to help usher in the new year," 25 Dec. 2020 For the uninitiated, a freeport is a form of free economic zone (or foreign trade zone, as it's known in the US), an area—usually in or around a port of entry—in which goods can be stored without being subject to that country's customs duties. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Where the Superrich Store Their Art to Avoid Taxes," 24 Dec. 2020 Pantos, for the uninitiated, are farcical plays staged most often during the holiday season in Britain, a tradition which both Queen Elizabeth and her younger sister Princess Margaret took part in during their youths. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis Sit in the Royal Box for The Very First Time," 12 Dec. 2020 For the uninitiated, Depop is the Gen Z-beloved direct-to-consumer heaven and a trove for all things designer, including vintage and archival pieces. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Is a Certified Depop Shopper," 4 Dec. 2020 For the uninitiated, Virgin River, which is based on the Harlequin book series of the same name by Robyn Carr, premiered on Netflix in December 2019. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Official Virgin River Instagram Account is Full of Behind-the-Scenes Goodies," 4 Dec. 2020 For the uninitiated, Xbox Game Pass is a multi-tiered subscription service that gives you access to more than 100 games on a variety of platforms. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "Forget PS5: Xbox Game Pass is the best gaming gift of the holidays," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of uninitiated

1678, in the meaning defined above

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“Uninitiated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uninitiated. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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