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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To the uninitiated, climbing a sheer rock wall without the use of ropes, harness or any other safety equipment can seem insane. Gregory Crouch, WSJ, "‘The Impossible Climb’ Review: No Strings Attached," 25 Apr. 2019 Sounds gross to the uninitiated, tastes like magic. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "What’s the best place for a taste of the South? Here’s where 6 Charlotte chefs would go | Charlotte Observer," 27 Feb. 2018 For the uninitiated, Lee has worked in clubs and pubs for her entire life. Vogue, "An Insider’s Look Into the Hedonistic Style of London's Queer Underground," 16 Sep. 2019 But for the uninitiated, here's a quick tutorial: Along with the terms of the bet, there is a number listed next to it along with a plus or minus sign. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Sports gambling is legal in Indiana! Let's bet on the Colts," 4 Sep. 2019 For the uninitiated, there is also festive pleasure in discovering these original flavor combinations. Jeff Koehler, Twin Cities, "With these Moroccan salads, vegetables come first — and in dazzling abundance," 8 Aug. 2019 For the uninitiated, the comedy features a Scottish family. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "Visiting every playground in SF in 1 summer: no walk in the park," 20 Aug. 2019 For the uninitiated, The Little Prince is a novella by the French aviator and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Early Sketches From ‘The Little Prince’ Found in Swiss Collection," 20 Aug. 2019 For the uninitiated, the only time slime spreads onto the radar is during Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Slime Obsidian and other slime stars heading to SlimelandFL," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of uninitiated

1678, in the meaning defined above

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