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Having little experience or a low level of education - thesaurus

Synonyms

inexperienced

adjective

lacking experience

uneducated

adjective

not having had much education

untrained

adjective

not trained to do a particular job

unqualified

adjective

not having the education or experience to do a particular job

illiterate

adjective

someone who is illiterate cannot read or write

the uninitiated

adjective

lacking knowledge or experience of something

unskilled

adjective

working at a job that does not need much education, training, or experience

untried

adjective

with no experience of a particular kind of work and therefore possibly not very good

be unused to (doing) something

to not have much experience of something and not be sure about how to react or behave

scholar

noun

if someone is not a scholar or is no scholar, they have not studied much in their lives

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armchair

adjective

interested in a subject or activity, but lacking any practical experience of it

callow

adjective

literary young and not experienced in life

dewy-eyed

adjective

lacking in experience about life

fledgling

adjective

without much experience of a job or situation because you are new to it

(flying) by the seat of your pants

using only your judgment and skill, when you are doing something new and you cannot use your previous experience

green

adjective

not experienced, especially because of being young

impressionable

adjective

someone who is impressionable is easily impressed and influenced by other people, usually because they are young and lack experience in life

inexperience

noun

lack of experience

ingenuous

adjective

someone who is ingenuous believes everything that people tell them, especially because they have not had much experience of life

innocence

noun

lack of experience of life and the bad things people do so that you tend to trust people too much

innocent

adjective

not very experienced concerning life and the bad things that people do so that you tend to trust people too much

jangli

another spelling of jungli

jungli

adjective

Indian English not polite, well educated, or behaving correctly

lay

adjective

not educated or trained to a high or professional standard in a particular subject

naive

adjective

a naive person lacks experience of life and tends to trust other people and believe things too easily

naive

adjective

typical of a naive person

preliterate

adjective

a preliterate society does not have a written language

raw

adjective

not trained or experienced

rough-and-ready

adjective

not polite or well educated

rough-hewn

adjective

literary not polite or well educated

sheltered

adjective

someone who has had a sheltered life has not had the usual unpleasant experiences that most people have in their lives

uncultivated

adjective

without a lot of experience or knowledge, especially of culture

unlettered

adjective

old-fashioned not well educated

unrefined

adjective

used about someone who is not well educated or does not know much about culture

unsophisticated

adjective

not knowing much about things such as art, literature, and music that educated people usually like

untutored

adjective

formal not educated or formally trained

wet behind the ears

young and lacking knowledge and experience

wide-eyed

adjective

easily tricked or impressed because you do not have much experience

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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