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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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  • As we have seen, when Maxwell began his work in Durford, he was full of the enthusiasm of youth and inexperience.

    Hepsey Burke Frank Noyes Westcott
  • This was still an obscure question, to which, in her inexperience, she found no answer.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • I had heard him brag of cheating the customers, of mean tricks put upon the inexperience of women and children.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • "inexperience," repeated Margaret, in serious yet buoyant tones.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • They may have taken leg-bail, and thus have puzzled him in his inexperience.

    Dog Breaking William Nelson Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for inexperience


lack of experience or of the knowledge and understanding derived from experience
Derived Forms
inexperienced, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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