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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In a sense, Trump has ruined presidential politics for the uninitiated celebrity. Jennifer Rubin, Anchorage Daily News, "If Oprah is serious, here’s what she’ll have to do," 9 Jan. 2018 So, for the uninitiated: What is Hollywood Babylon? refinery29.com, "The New Season Of You Must Remember This Explores Hollywood’s First Fake News Hoax," 9 July 2018 Quick backstory for the uninitiated: Father John Misty is the swaggering, hallucinogen-taking, loudmouthed alter ego of Josh Tillman, a persona that sprang to life from Tillman’s psyche after tripping on ayahuasca with a Canadian shaman. Robert Steiner, BostonGlobe.com, "The confessions of Father John Misty," 30 May 2018 Taxi Driver, for the uninitiated, is the 1976 Martin Scorsese film starring Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle, a man going unhinged in 1970s New York as his obsession with a young prostitute (Jodie Foster) builds to a violent climax. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Taxi Driver' writer has infused his new movie 'First Reformed' with with the tension you loved the first time around," 25 May 2018 For the uninitiated, haggis is a Scottish delicacy of sheep or calf offal mixed with oatmeal, suet and seasoning boiled in a bag (often from the animal’s stomach). Jen Banowetz, chicagotribune.com, "Itasca's Scottish Festival and Highland Games brings Scotland to the suburbs," 13 May 2018 For the uninitiated, Amazon Prime Day starts on Monday, July 16 at 3 p.m. ET, and will last for a little over a day (36 hours to be exact), wrapping up on July 18. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "How to Shop Amazon Prime Day's Best Deals for 2018," 3 July 2018 To the uninitiated, wRC+ measures how many runs a player is worth to his team in a year, and then adjusting for park and league context. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Mike Trout: Halfway to one of the greatest seasons in baseball history," 28 June 2018 And factors that, to the uninitiated, may not seem worth mentioning can sometimes derail or at least drastically change a New York apartment hunt. Kim Velsey, New York Times, "Finding Your First Apartment," 1 June 2018

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1678, in the meaning defined above

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