un·​trained | \ ˌən-ˈtrānd How to pronounce untrained (audio) \

Definition of untrained

1 : not trained: such as
a : not made adept or expert by instruction or experience an untrained journalist untrained in the use of firearms
b : not taught by discipline to conform to certain behaviors an untrained dog
2 : not based on training or knowledge : inexpert an untrained diagnosis To the untrained eye, many wetlands can be deceiving, particularly during drier times of year.— Kathleen Rude

Examples of untrained in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The difference, while unnoticeable to the untrained eye, was a detail the seamster wanted to get right. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "‘Ready to get to work’: Dallas Police Chief Eddie García on the job even before Day 1," 2 Feb. 2021 An untrained animal will sometimes become stressed in the crowded, unfamiliar confines of an airplane cabin. Elliott Hester, Los Angeles Times, "Sorry, peacocks. New ruling says only dogs qualify as service animals," 17 Dec. 2020 To the untrained eye, Florida can feel in stasis, one season of long, lingering sun melting into another, the calendar pages the only meaningful indication of change. Dantiel W. Moniz, Harper's BAZAAR, "In 2020, Holiday Traditions Matter More Than Ever," 16 Dec. 2020 Last year, more than 80 veterans and disability groups endorsed banning untrained emotional support animals in airline cabins. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, "New DOT rule paves the way for airlines to ban emotional support animals on flights," 2 Dec. 2020 Biocrust looks like regular dirt to an untrained eye, but it is often described by researchers as the living skin of the desert. AZCentral.com, "How researchers hope to preserve and restore 'biocrust,' the desert's protective skin," 8 Dec. 2020 There’s a difference between a wild flushing dog and an untrained one. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "How to Kill Pheasants with Your Wild-Ass Retriever," 4 Dec. 2020 To the untrained eye, any two images from a good and bad camera will look very similar when using MSX technology. Reuben Saltzman, Star Tribune, "FLIR C5 Review," 1 Dec. 2020 These five untrained kids will be launched into space, and while their parents rush to figure out how to take control of the situation, the kids will have to assume their new role as astronauts to complete some harrowing tasks. Katey Clifford, cleveland, "‘The Astronauts’ | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time," 13 Nov. 2020

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1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Untrained.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untrained. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of untrained

: without formal training

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