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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. 2018.
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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


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).

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