uninitiated

adjective
un·​ini·​ti·​at·​ed | \ˌən-ə-ˈni-shē-ˌā-təd \

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, durian is a Southeast Asian fruit relished for it sweet, custard-like interior but also notorious for its noxious smell, which has earned comparisons to rotting trash or gym socks. Laignee Barron, Time, "Thailand to Send Smelly Durian Into Space Because Future Astronauts Should be Able to Enjoy Thai Food," 1 June 2018 Durian, for the uninitiated, are popular in many parts of the world, especially in Southeast Asia, but seldom eaten with such fanfare in the United States. Melinda Morris, NOLA.com, "Who boils the best crawfish in metro New Orleans? It's the last day to vote," 30 Apr. 2018 Durian, for the uninitiated, are popular in many parts of the world, especially in Southeast Asia, but seldom eaten with such fanfare in the United States. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "Fears of a gas leak forced an evacuation at a Melbourne university. It was a durian.," 29 Apr. 2018 For the uninitiated, heirlooms are typically older varieties that have been reproduced from seed for at least three generations without crossbreeding. Jeanette Marantos, latimes.com, "If you're only growing one type of tomato this year, it should be this," 7 Apr. 2018 The museum was actually a decent primer for the uninitiated, showing the musical roots of the band, with replicas of the Casbah Coffee Club and the Cavern Club. New York Times, "A Beatles Tour in England? You Know That Can’t be Bad," 6 Apr. 2018 For the uninitiated, Elzhi has long been recognized as one of the premier lyricists in hip-hop. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "Elzhi & Khrysis on Forming Their Group Jericho Jackson, Premiere New Record 'Listen' Featuring Amber Navran," 21 Feb. 2018 Eastern Canada, for the uninitiated, is beautiful; imagine the colorful fishing towns and lush forests of New England, but with fewer people. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why the Best Place to Be Alone Is On a Cruise," 20 Feb. 2018 World of Beer, for the uninitiated, is known for two things: its ubiquity and its excess. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "World of Beer set to bring taverns with 500 beers, 50 taps to Bay Area," 13 Feb. 2018

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1678, in the meaning defined above

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