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 To the untrained eye, the place is a testament to the enduring power of American detritus, but to Foley artists—craftspeople who create custom sound effects for film, television, and video games—it’s a trove of potential props. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 For many, this wouldn't seem like a big deal — the untrained eye may not even be able to notice the difference between the dead patches and the sea of green. Caleb Stultz, The Courier-Journal, 23 June 2022 The differences between treated and untreated areas are stark, even to the untrained eye. AZCentral.com, 20 June 2022 To an untrained eye like mine, the naked carbon fiber MCLA tub on display looks pretty much the same as earlier McLaren MonoCells. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 14 June 2022 Supartono recounted a striking one, in which untrained photographers displayed images of their homes: old photos, new photos, group portraits of the neighbors, all slipped into the sleeves of cheap plastic Kodak or Fuji albums from a photo lab. New York Times, 9 June 2022 To the untrained eye (or anxious self-diagnoser), this might make an eczema patch look like a psoriasis plaque. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 3 June 2022 Painters like Picasso were interested in untrained artists for their authenticity, but to fully embrace them risked slighting their own sophistication. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 So far, this has allowed Ukraine to avoid conscripting untrained, unwilling civilians for this war. Max Z. Margulies And Laura Resnick Samotin, WSJ, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of untrained

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 5 Jul. 2022.

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