from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to forget or unlearn something.
- transitive v. To teach the opposite or contrary of (something previously taught).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause someone to unlearn; to make someone forget something they have been taught.
- v. To cause something previously learned to be forgotten.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cause to forget, or to lose from memory, or to disbelieve what has been taught.
- transitive v. To cause to be forgotten.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause to forget, disbelieve, or give up what has been taught.
- To make forgotten; make to cease from being acquired by instruction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to unlearn
- v. cause to disbelieve; teach someone the contrary of what he or she had learned earlier
Alas, many of my students have picked up both assumptions and it's very difficult to "unteach" these tiresome habits of argumentation.
We've taught them to drink chocolate milk, so we can unteach them that, Cooper said.
R.A. Dickey wants to unteach himself the knuckleball.
On this blog I guess it should be 'who can unteach a dog'.
As I said before, I am not sure you can teach innovation, but you can unteach it.
So, if politicized nomination processes unteach the view that courts are different, institutional legitimacy suffers.
I notice that a lot, especially in that one of the first things I have to do is unteach my students categorical/superficial thinking that the current elementary and secondary education systems indoctrinate.
Which would unteach mankind the lust to shine or rule:
Euripus. 93 We do but learn, today, what our better advanced judgments will unteach tomorrow; and
I must now state what the mistakes of medical men are, which I wish to unteach, and what instructions I have to give as to the management of the arm; for what I have to say regarding it, will apply to the other bones in the body.
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