inexpert

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj inexpert lacking professional skill or expertise "a very amateurish job","inexpert but conscientious efforts","an unskilled painting"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inexpert Destitute of experience or of much experience.
    • Inexpert Not expert; not skilled; destitute of knowledge or dexterity derived from practice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inexpert Not expert; not skilled; not having knowledge or dexterity derived from practice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inexpert in-eks-pėrt′ unskilled
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inexpertus, inexperienced: cf. F. inexpert,. See In- not, and Expert

Usage

In literature:

Most of the new hands were inexpert and much given to drink.
"James Watt" by Andrew Carnegie
Not a small proportion of the responsibility lies at the door of inexpert managers.
"Where Half The World Is Waking Up" by Clarence Poe
It floated smoothly enough when they started off, with Bell working inexpertly with his long pole to keep it in mid-stream.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
But even to the inexpert these symptoms breathed of something dangerous.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The line was knotted at intervals of eighteen inches; and to the inexpert it may seem as if it should have been even easy to descend.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
That two men should handle a stone so heavy, even swinging in the scissors, may appear strange to the inexpert.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
By this time, one or two jars had been broken by inexpert handling and more pilfered.
"Black Man's Burden" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The boys are young men; inexpert in war, unskilled in labour; who have neither killed a man, lifted cattle, or dug a well.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
My inexpertness frequently compelled me to remain in the office long after the rest.
"Sir Jasper Carew His Life and Experience" by Charles James Lever
John managed to break it, inexpert though he was in the verbal finesse he was evidently trying to use.
"The Cottage of Delight" by Will N. Harben
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In news:

Both of them are commentaries on racial discrimination, and each is well-written and--unfortunately, in their Phoenix debuts--inexpertly directed.
And in its Ensemble Theatre production, the program is -- with one important exception -- inexpertly acted.
The J/97 is intended to be decidedly untwitchy, even when driven by inexpert crews, and the sail plan aids in the boat's versatility and forgiving nature.
The 1946 house had been subject to inexpert renovations, yet Pearson and Trent saw some potential and, more importantly, they caught a glimpse of sky out of a rear window —a view.
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