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1. Unskilled; inexpert.
2. Obsolete Ignorant.

un·skill′ful·ly adv.
un′skill′ful·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.unskillfulness - a lack of cognitive skillunskillfulness - a lack of cognitive skill    
incoordination - a lack of coordination of movements
disfluency - lack of skillfulness in speaking or writing
inability - lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something
awkwardness, clumsiness, ineptitude, ineptness, maladroitness, slowness - unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
inefficiency - unskillfulness resulting from a lack of efficiency
amateurishness - something that demonstrates a lack of professional competency
skillfulness - the state of being cognitively skillful
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