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  • n. The condition of being callow; immaturity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. having a lack of experience of life.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lacking and evidencing lack of experience of life

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Examples

  • In his letters of this period I detect a kind of callowness and affectation which is not discernible in his foreign letters and journal.

    Washington Irving

  • Maybe it's a sign of my own puerility, but the "callowness" Matos refers to humanized him on

    Anthony Is Right

  • Vincent Gray was elected mayor because he embodied the hopes of the majority of this city for adult leadership after years of immaturity, callowness, and greenness.

    DeMorning DeBonis: Feb. 28, 2011

  • The first was a familiar swell of pained and wincing why-oh-whying as it became clear that the Premier League's most consistently infuriating club would not win a trophy this season: talk of callowness, foreign-accented surrenderism and a crucial absence of Anglophone chest-thump.

    Arsenal's failure to win trophies is not down to faint hearts | Barney Ronay

  • Wenger, however, prefers to invest in promise rather than experience, and at this juncture the consequence of a persistent collective callowness is that while his club may have a waiting list of 40,000 for their season tickets, the empty seats in the middle and upper tiers last night spoke of the dissatisfaction of those among their supporters who do not subscribe to the doctrine of keeping the faith through thick and thin.

    Arsenal fizzle out after early promise – just like last season | Richard Williams

  • But I sense the callowness of pure Romanticism in such a rejection of restraint -- as coded into Odysseus's hood, into his arrival in disguise, as a beggar.

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • If Kean was guilty of anything it was trying to second guess his team's defensive callowness in this area: a late triple substitution at 3-1 up, including introducing the experienced David Dunn, was no doubt intended to stave off a late fade.

    Steve Kean encouraged by eager Blackburn despite draw with Norwich

  • Friedel – any sane person's nomination for the man of the match, ahead even of the startlingly impressive Danny Welbeck – had finished up on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat while De Gea could contemplate another victory earned despite his own callowness.

    Tottenham's Brad Friedel is left naked but outshines David de Gea | Richard Williams

  • More hand-waving and no supporting arguments, just statements about the callowness, ignorance, and yes, absurdity of the Austrian school.

    Bush Slanders Freedom « Antiwar.com Blog

  • His straight posture signaling the character's confident physicality, Keena's Joe is a credible mix of callowness and cockiness, while Lynch's Mr. Bonaparte radiates a persuasive, sorrowful dignity.

    'Golden Boy's' soft touch lands hard knocks

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