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]

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There's no shortcut to explaining the physical and emotional state of infertility treatment to the uninitiated. Elissa Strauss, Glamour, "This Netflix Movie Perfectly Pinpoints What's So Maddening About IVF," 11 Oct. 2018 The college application process can seem pretty mysterious to the uninitiated. Liz Weston, The Seattle Times, "What do colleges want? It’s hiding in plain sight," 30 July 2018 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

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1678, in the meaning defined above

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