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Lacking adult maturity or experience; immature: a callow young man.

[Middle English calwe, bald, from Old English calu.]

cal′low·ness n.
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Noun1.callowness - lacking and evidencing lack of experience of life
immatureness, immaturity - not having reached maturity
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References in classic literature ?
It advertised his callowness--a callowness sheer and unutterable.
Burnley are a searching test for any callowness of youth, yet Silva's team continued their incredible recent home form, recording their fifth straight clean sheet here for four wins in five, with a comfortable twogoal victory.
And the most tecent contemporary film that tried to play Chaplin's game, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen's The Interview, wound up proving the callowness of our own political dispensation: the distributor pulled the film in response to threats of retaliation from Pyongyang.
The callowness of Sunderland's team has been a real feature of the Welshman's time at the helm.
Here in Punktown, the boys prostituted themselves more than the girls, callowness was the rule, and substance abuse was a bigger problem than any other, though it was simply second nature--what coffee and doughnuts were to beat cops.
Waugh embeds Augustine in the text of the novel to provide accompaniment for Charles's intellectual callowness and Sebastian's impatience ("but not yet").
Rooting for their ethos, their philosophy, the callowness of their youth.
In developing a contextualized picture of Leonid, the novel offers the materials for reflecting on how the capacity to act, to respond to challenges with creativity and equanimity, to appreciate and take advantage of one's "fortuna" (Levi, 1982: 24) may be conditioned by circumstance and experience, including youthful callowness, periods of incarceration, and deprivations of parental love and care.
Thus, the student who doubled as the Page became obsessed with understanding and explaining his behavior; (23) she kept analyzing his sudden officiousness and his apparent coolness at his master's death, and came to the conclusion that the reason for it was actually equal parts callowness and callousness: it simply does not occur to the Page that all these toffs (Paris, Romeo, Juliet, and their families), rich and enviable, pampered and clueless, are real people who could feel sorrow and pain.
I was a fresh journalism graduate then, doubly wet behind the ears, because added to my callowness was an extremely sheltered upbringing that didn't prepare me for the raw world of journalism.
In this case, Mr Murphy's callowness and susceptibility to peer pressure were the root cause of his departure from the standards expected from him."