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]

Examples of uninitiated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lambeau Field’s historical lore is a must-see for any uninitiated NFL fan (Week 12, Nov. 24). Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 16 May 2024 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 See all Example Sentences for uninitiated 

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Word History

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined above

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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 12 Jun. 2024.

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