in·​ex·​pe·​ri·​ence | \ ˌi-nik-ˈspir-ē-ən(t)s How to pronounce inexperience (audio) \

Definition of inexperience

1 : lack of practical experience
2 : lack of knowledge of the ways of the world

Other Words from inexperience

inexperienced \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈspir-​ē-​ən(t)st How to pronounce inexperience (audio) \ adjective

Examples of inexperience in a Sentence

He blames his mistakes on inexperience.
Recent Examples on the Web The inexperience is a factor, yes, but the talent is unmistakable. Tim Reynolds, ajc, 7 May 2022 Thompson’s relative inexperience was hard to reconcile with the first pie revealed to me from under that sheet of wax paper. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 That inexperience with these second-seeded Tigers is a day-and-night difference from the last Auburn team to make the postseason. Tom Green |, al, 14 Mar. 2022 The Panthers’ extreme inexperience is the primary reason for their lack of victories. Steve Reaven,, 27 Jan. 2022 These Rangers are now 4-0 in elimination games, with a resiliency that belies their youth and inexperience. Vincent Z. Mercogliano, USA TODAY, 29 May 2022 This group has done a good job, especially with the youth and inexperience. Gary Curreri, Sun Sentinel, 18 May 2022 The story is told through the testimonies of the survivors, now fully grown, shedding light on how their memories are altered by time, distorted by media coverage and limited by their youth and inexperience. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 27 Apr. 2022 Francona knew there would be games like this because of the youth and inexperience of the Guardians’ roster. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 17 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inexperience

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inexperience

Middle French, from Late Latin inexperientia, from Latin in- + experientia experience

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28 Jun 2022

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“Inexperience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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Kids Definition of inexperience

: lack of experience

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