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[ik-speer-ee-uh nst]
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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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1. skilled, expert, practiced, veteran, accomplished, versed, adept, qualified.
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Examples from the Web for unexperienced

Historical Examples

  • 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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