[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inexperience


/ (ˌɪnɪkˈspɪərɪəns) /


lack of experience or of the knowledge and understanding derived from experience
Derived Formsinexperienced, 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