un·trained | \ˌən-ˈtrānd \

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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Firearms are, just like cars, inherently unsafe — yet there seems to be a narrative out there that injuries related to firearms primarily occur in the hands of inexperienced and untrained users. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Gun Injuries Drop During NRA Conventions, Study Says," 28 Feb. 2018 On a recent visit, Lynas technicians mixed rare earth concentrate, which looks to the untrained eye like unremarkable dirt, into chemical tanks that extract elements like lanthanum and cerium. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War," 11 July 2018 Cave rescue experts consider an underwater escape to be a last resort, especially with people untrained in diving. Author: Tassanee Vejpongsa, Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Anchorage Daily News, "4 rescued from Thai cave in risky operation; 9 remain inside," 9 July 2018 The rising quality and preponderance of replicas, along with the increasing difficulty of the untrained (and trained) eye to spot fake from real, has created what some sneakerheads consider an almost philosophical crisis. Kevin Lozano, GQ, "We're Living in the Golden Age of Knockoff Sneakers," 5 Mar. 2018 An untrained eye doctor and surgeon in his spare time, Huntsman experimented with iron ore and tested different ways of smelting it. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 And people in need of help should be wary of untrained strangers who may not always say the right thing. Felice J. Freyer, BostonGlobe.com, "Stories of grief — and hope — pour out on Twitter after suicides," 14 June 2018 Farflung accents, untrained by CNN, throw into relief the weirdness of people, which is one of the themes of every true-crime podcast. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "Seduce Me! The Untainted Sweet Sounds of Accent-Riddled Podcasts," 1 June 2018 What doesn't: The line deliveries of its untrained cast feel unpolished at times. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "'The Rider' movie review: Tiny drama offers what most blockbusters can't," 23 May 2018

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1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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