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

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Van Gogh, Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat—but his style is instantly recognizable, even to the casual, untrained observer. Jeffrey Bauman, ELLE Decor, "This Toulouse-Lautrec Exhibition Will Change the Way You Look at Social Media," 5 Apr. 2019 Compared to the Orion spacecraft’s predecessor, the Apollo, even an untrained eye can spot that Orion’s propellant-carrying trunk is smaller than the service module on the Apollo spacecraft, which carried the world’s first astronauts to the moon. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "NASA: Lunar 'Gateway' Is Still Our Best Bet for Putting Boots on the Moon," 1 Apr. 2019 To the untrained eye, identifying the specific style or era a piece of furniture is from is not always easy. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "What Exactly Is Retro Furniture?," 14 Jan. 2019 This time, though, the 29-year-old, untrained as a pilot but with a penchant for airplane videogames, headed for the runway, opened up the throttle and roared into the air without clearance or a flight plan. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Airplane Stunt Startles Onlookers, Ends Tragically," 12 Aug. 2018 Her interest was sparked by a family friend, Dr. George Burgess Magrath, one of the first medical examiners in the country, who believed many cases went unsolved because untrained investigators contaminated or misread crime scenes. CBS News, "Dollhouse crime scenes," 14 Jan. 2018 The vote was plagued by untrained poll workers, incomplete voter-registration lists and delays in opening polling stations. Ehsanullah Amiri, WSJ, "Afghan Official Raises Prospect of Postponing April Presidential Vote," 26 Dec. 2018 Vulture talks to the four young actresses who play the lead roles: Costanzo wasn’t daunted by working with untrained actors. Constance Grady, Vox, "Russian publishers are deleting queer characters from books," 10 Nov. 2018 Police officials are not a private security force for untrained Waffle House employees. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Black man choked, slammed to the ground at Waffle House after taking his sister to prom," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of untrained

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: without formal training

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