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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Because of my inexperience in the business, I think I trusted other people too much.
▪ His political inexperience often shows.
▪ The inexperience of the teaching staff has taken its toll on student test scores.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Inexperience \In`ex*pe"ri*ence\, n. [L. inexperientia, cf. F. inexp['e]rience. See In- not, and Experience.] Absence or lack of experience; lack of personal and experimental knowledge; as, the inexperience of youth.

Failings which are incident to youth and inexperience.

Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world, and ignorance of mankind.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, from French inexpérience (mid-15c.), from Late Latin inexperientia, from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + experientia (see experience).


n. A lack of experience


n. lack of experience and the knowledge and understanding derived from experience [ant: experience]

Usage examples of "inexperience".

Ebbans, with his affection for Corde, nor Miller, with his inexperience on the job, wanted any part of this.

Damerel would mistake the inexperience which led her to behave so rashly for the boldness of a born Cytherean, and offer her an intolerable insult.

His sincere admiration, combined with the formfitting gold-sequined gown, gave her the courage to admit her social inexperience.

Full of this affair, the importance of which I exaggerated in proportion to my inexperience, I told Silvia that I wanted to accompany some English friends as far as Calais, and that she would oblige me by getting me a passport from the Duc de Gesvres.

No one can accuse me of youth, inexperience, hotheadedness, a desire to woo the crowds, or any of the usual reasons a man might want the tribunate of the plebs.

He understood that alone, scarcely master of himself, governed only by the inspirations of inexperience, never would he have the patient perspicacity of this singular man.

I do not believe myself worse than other men, my equals in age and inexperience.

Her mind was freed, and her body was no longer bound by the inexorable reflexes of the training, but with it had gone all the intellectual acceptance and maturity with which Callista had overlaid her inexperience, and she was a frightened little girl.

Her naivete and David's inexperience with Caribe culture lead them into several tight circumstances, most notably a meeting with a psychopathic drug dealer that quivers with tension.

The game was new to Barberine, and her transports, her green notions-which she told me openly--her inexperience, or rather her awkwardness, enchanted me.

He had an amiable nature, and seeing that I was curious to know about his love affairs he told me numerous little stories which shewed me that he was at that happy age when one's inexperience is one's sole misfortune.

My inexperience with a butcher knife and general clumsiness made deep cuts in my hands.

This discouraging state of things simply results from the weakness, inexperience, ignorance, apathy and immorality of the public functionaries who, since the 18th of Fructidor, year V.

She had no doubt of their courage or individual skills, but as Admiral Henries had demonstrated, they were still weak in coordination and prone to the mistakes of inexperience.

Cathy's inexperience had been raised at an executive meeting and the Possibility was canvassed of experienced heptathlete Jane Flemming replacing her.