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new and lacking experience

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fledgeling - novice

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The word ‘fledgeling’ was originally used to describe a young bird learning to fly. While it can still be applied in that sense, it is more frequently seen in reference to somebody who is new to something, or something that has only recently been formed. It therefore implies inexperience and immaturity. Can also be spelt ‘fledgling’, though that is more common in American English.

Synonyms rookie
Antonyms expert,veteran

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  1. The conference was all full of fledgeling journalists, all looking to pick up useful tips and make contacts.

  2. International support and aid was approved to help bolster that country’s fledgeling democracy. It is very vulnerable at this stage of development.

  3. The pandemic had a devastating impact on fledgeling businesses. Many will now never be able to establish themselves or recover.

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