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  1. not trained or skilled; inexpert: an unpracticed actor.
  2. not practiced; not usually or generally used or done; not put into effect.
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Also especially British, un·prac·tised.

Origin of unpracticed

First recorded in 1530–40; un-1 + practiced
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Examples from the Web for unpractised

Historical Examples of unpractised

  • He is a man of wit and gallantry—I am unpractised in the ways of the world.

    Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)

    Maria Edgeworth

  • Even to her unpractised eye it was less serious than at first appeared.

  • It was not by unpractised persons that they were purchased at the national expense.

  • No wonder there was fear in the hearts of the hunters, unpractised as some of them were.

    The Bush Boys

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • Their unpractised powers were unable to follow the course of his thoughts.

British Dictionary definitions for unpractised


US unpracticed

  1. without skill, training, or experience
  2. not used or done often or repeatedly
  3. not yet tested
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Word Origin and History for unpractised



1550s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of practice (v.).

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