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[in-eks-purt, in-ik-spurt] /ɪnˈɛks pɜrt, ˌɪn ɪkˈspɜrt/
not expert; unskilled.
Origin of inexpert
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50; late Middle English word from Latin word inexpertus. See in-3, expert
Related forms
inexpertly, adverb
inexpertness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for inexpert
Historical Examples
  • "I am as inexpert with the gun as the rod," said I, diffidently.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • Most of the new hands were inexpert and much given to drink.

    James Watt Andrew Carnegie
  • Now observe the result of this inexpert deflection of yours.

    Alonzo Fitz and Other Stories Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • How could she, inexpert, foresee what was mockingly obvious to hindsight?

  • As to use there is the distinction of inexpert and expert control.

  • Rose, inexpert though she was, soothed her lover with all the melodies he desired.

    A Virgin Heart Remy de Gourmont
  • The "fly in amber" has ceased to be a puzzle even to the inexpert.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe
  • With inexpert fingers, she set the combination and pulled back the door.

    Out of the Ashes Ethel Watts Mumford
  • Do they imagine at home that I am so inexpert in the theory of drama as not to know this?

    Ghosts Henrik Ibsen
  • The waste of British horses due to inexpert Horsemastership.

    A Handbook of the Boer War Gale and Polden, Limited
British Dictionary definitions for inexpert


not expert; unskilled or unskilful; inept
Derived Forms
inexpertly, adverb
inexpertness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inexpert

mid-15c., from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + expert (adj.), or else from Old French inexpert, from Latin inexpertus "without experience, unpracticed." Related: Inexpertly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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