[in-ik-speer-ee-uh ns]


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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Contemporary Examples of inexperience

Historical Examples of inexperience

  • 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.

  • "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.



British Dictionary definitions for inexperience



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).

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