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inexperience

[in-ik-speer-ee-uh ns] /ˌɪn ɪkˈspɪər i əns/
noun
1.
lack of experience.
2.
lack of knowledge, skill, or wisdom gained from experience.
Origin of inexperience
1590-1600
From the Late Latin word inexperientia, dating back to 1590-1600. See in-3, experience
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  • This was still an obscure question, to which, in her inexperience, she found no answer.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • "That's just because he's part Indian," Evadna declared, with the positiveness of youth and inexperience.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • inexperience is a perpetual feeder of the springs of romance.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • "inexperience," repeated Margaret, in serious yet buoyant tones.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • All the lives which we desire are pleasant; the choice of any others is due to inexperience.

    Laws Plato
British Dictionary definitions for inexperience

inexperience

/ˌɪnɪkˈspɪərɪəns/
noun
1.
lack of experience or of the knowledge and understanding derived from experience
Derived Forms
inexperienced, adjective
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Word Origin and History for inexperience
n.

1590s, from French inexpérience (mid-15c.), from Late Latin inexperientia, from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + experientia (see experience).

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