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[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
1590-1600; < Late Latin inexperientia. See in-3, experience Unabridged
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  • It's not that you want to hide your inexperience, but accentuate your experience.
  • We felt our inexperience, and were unable to help ourselves.
  • Life is too short to let indecision or inexperience cut into your drinking.
  • But her relative inexperience is what keeps her fresh, she says.
  • Obviously, relative inexperience is a factor that can be accounted for in the design of a bank cash protection system.
  • Sometimes, though, the committee's image of you is distorted by your nervousness or inexperience with interviews.
  • Fortunately, my desire to be a better teacher apparently trumped my inexperience.
  • The tenure trek itself can be gloomy because of many painful stimuli that, because of our inexperience, seem overwhelming.
  • Sometimes it isn't a matter of bad manners, but of inexperience.
  • Of course, this is a tool that can cut both ways, but don't see your age and relative inexperience only as liabilities.
British Dictionary definitions for inexperience


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