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[in-ik-speer-ee-uh ns] /ˌɪn ɪkˈspɪər i əns/
lack of experience.
lack of knowledge, skill, or wisdom gained from experience.
Origin of inexperience
From the Late Latin word inexperientia, dating back to 1590-1600. See in-3, experience Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As we have seen, when Maxwell began his work in Durford, he was full of the enthusiasm of youth and inexperience.

    Hepsey Burke Frank Noyes Westcott
  • It is well enough for youth and inexperience, but a man of his years!

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • I had heard him brag of cheating the customers, of mean tricks put upon the inexperience of women and children.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • She seemed like a little child to him, all innocence, and inexperience, and candor.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • They may have taken leg-bail, and thus have puzzled him in his inexperience.

    Dog Breaking William Nelson Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for inexperience


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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