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[ in-ik-speer-ee-uhns ]


  1. lack of experience.
  2. lack of knowledge, skill, or wisdom gained from experience.


/ ˌɪnɪkˈspɪərɪəns /


  1. lack of experience or of the knowledge and understanding derived from experience
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Derived Forms

  • ˌinexˈperienced, adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of inexperience1

From the Late Latin word inexperientia, dating back to 1590–1600. See in- 3, experience
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Example Sentences

Despite the inexperience, she has come out triumphant, doctorate and all.

From Ozy

Given their inexperience and their institutions’ appropriate commitments to minimize their exposure to the virus, the interns are largely removed from the adrenaline-pumping action.

However their moves potentially highlight a leadership style, which, perhaps through inexperience, inability to deal constructively with conflict, or lack of desire to be pushed out of their comfort zones, chose to opt out rather than lean in.

From Digiday

The Va’ Sentiero team initially suffered from inexperience and warned of the psychological challenges of being on the go for several months.

It seems likely that this inexperience and inability to play the game properly was what doomed Powell.

Occasionally, his inexperience betrayed him into raw deals but, taken overall, he worked well for them.

Later, Mae complained to reporters about the “inexperience of the director,” but somehow found time to stroke her fan base.

Despite his age and relative inexperience, this guy is cooking on a level I rarely see or taste.

A clearly rattled Walsh showed his inexperience as he began to answer anyway before being hushed from the bench.

He avoids the accusation of inexperience he would have faced in giving the nod to Marco Rubio.

Moreover, I will admit that I got frightened at my inexperience, and confined my experiments to three or four cavities.

He must pit his trained mind knowledge and power of will against the weak determination and brain of inexperience.

But the youth and inexperience of Riaro excused the enormity of a crime perpetrated under the sanction of the supreme pontiff.

One does not hate a youngster seven years one's junior merely because he is a mass of inexperience and self-sufficiency.

And this indulgent reflection should accompany the mature reader through all such records of boyish inexperience.


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