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[uhn-prak-tist] /ʌnˈpræk tɪst/
not trained or skilled; inexpert:
an unpracticed actor.
not practiced; not usually or generally used or done; not put into effect.
Also, especially British, unpractised.
Origin of unpracticed
1530-40; un-1 + practiced Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I am unpractised in its wiles, and have even no acquaintance with its injustice.

    Caleb Williams William Godwin
  • Even to her unpractised eye it was less serious than at first appeared.

  • You will find there provisions for several days, and a couch on which to rest your yet unpractised limbs.

    Fred Markham in Russia W. H. G. Kingston
  • Their unpractised powers were unable to follow the course of his thoughts.

  • To his unpractised eye there was no sign of silver on walls, floor or ceiling.

  • It was evident to my unpractised eye that we had the Boers on the run at last.

  • Her unpractised mind was completely occupied in fathoming its recent acquisition.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • The apparent speed of flight to an unpractised eye is most deceptive.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • Her lover with his unpractised hand, had opened a new chapter in her life, too precipitately.

    Adle Dubois Mrs. William T. Savage
  • Here is where an unpractised binder will probably injure a book for life.

    Enemies of Books William Blades
British Dictionary definitions for unpractised


without skill, training, or experience
not used or done often or repeatedly
not yet tested
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unpractised



1550s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of practice (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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