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- n. Want of expertise or skill.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Lack of expertness or skill.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lack of expertness.
He gripped it upside down, both hands on the hilt, clutched with an inexpertness obvious to even non-soldiers.
But without diving too far into my sudden confusion of identity, disappointment with my job, nostalgia for college, broken-heartedness, inexpertness, loneliness, and financially rooted stress, let me just sum it up by saying this past year has been the hardest year of my life.
And so again, when it comes to charging and retiring, the onward-dashing gallop, the well-skilled, timely retreat, expert knowledge of the ground and scenery will assert superiority over inexpertness like that of eyesight over blindness.
For it is not always from false taste that the species of reading above complained of proceeds; on the contrary, there may be a very correct perception of the writer's meaning and object, while from want of practice, from mere mechanical inexpertness, there may be an incapability of giving effect to that meaning: hence arises false emphasis, and a thousand other disagreeables.
The change from the normal functions of the anal membranes is slow, and the symptoms are not well marked and are consequently ignored for years owing to inexpertness in detecting an invading serious disease, until the time comes when the suffering can no longer be tolerated by the victim of the neglect.
To think that Holliday's inexpertness should have brought about the agony of the past half-hour!
The inexpertness of the operator made it desirable that the work be done under as favorable conditions as possible, with the hope that a favorable environment might overcome in part the lack of skill.
Yet this harsh inexpertness about life was the essence that made these people delightful to him.
The old gunner, without even raising his voice, withered any possible reply on the part of the clumsy sailor, whose inexpertness had caused their failure to get the whale.
The factor usually relied upon to overcome the Orient's handicaps of inexperience and inexpertness in industrialism is its cheap labour.
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