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  1. wise or skillful in a particular field through experience: an experienced teacher.
  2. having learned through experience; taught by experience: experienced through adversity.
  3. endured; undergone; suffered through: experienced misfortunes.
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Origin of experienced

First recorded in 1560–70; experience + -ed2
Related formsnon·ex·pe·ri·enced, adjectivequa·si-ex·pe·ri·enced, adjectiveun·ex·pe·ri·enced, adjectivewell-ex·pe·ri·enced, adjective

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Related Words for unexperienced

plain, honest, natural, direct, basic, amateur, frank, square, green, artless, bald, childish, guileless, ingenuous, naive, naked, sincere, stark, trusting, unaffected

Examples from the Web for unexperienced

Historical Examples of unexperienced

  • At present, unexperienced and unsuspicious, her dangers may be yours.


    Fanny Burney

  • He came too young and unexperienced to that throne of usurpation.

  • You may be able to find some unexperienced people who will believe tales of that kind, but I know better.

    A Christmas Gift

    N. P. Gravengaard

  • Rather undignified, I must say, but perfectly natural for unexperienced girls, I suppose.

  • Places of the utmost importance have been taken from the most deserving and given to the illiterate, unexperienced or unqualified.

British Dictionary definitions for unexperienced


  1. (of a situation, sensation, fact, etc) not having been undergone or known by experience
  2. inexperienced
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  1. having become skilful or knowledgeable from extensive contact or participation or observation
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Word Origin and History for unexperienced



"having experience; skillful through expereince," 1570s, past participle adjective from experience (v.).

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