from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being knowing or shrewd.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or quality of being knowing or intelligent; shrewdness; skillfulness.

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  • noun The quality or state of being knowing

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun shrewdness demonstrated by knowledge
  • noun having knowledge of


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knowing +‎ -ness


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  • The cost of the absolute knowingness, which is a fantasy, anyway, is so high.


  • He has perhaps like the stage villain a little too much of that cheap knowingness, which is the theatrical badge of the complete man of the world, but which gentlemen in actual life do not ordinarily affect.

    Robert Browning Dowden, Edward 1904

  • It wasn't that the current version of the show (which was roughly the latter days of the Will Ferrell-era cast) had suddenly become dependent on popular culture and thus required the viewer's "knowingness"; this had always been the case, going all the way back to the golden era of Aykroyd, Belushi, and Radner.

    Art and Culture 2010

  • The press will not mention it, because the press in its "knowingness" is a large part of that despair.

    Henry Bean: A Letter to Howard 2008

  • Suddenly, as if he had dropped from one of the wide spreading trees, a very fat boy, with a shining face and a general air of "knowingness," appeared before them.

    Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter Lawrence L. Lynch

  • They pile up local colour till your brain reels, and they assume a sort of man-of-the-wide-world "knowingness" which is extremely unpleasant.

    Suspended Judgments Essays on Books and Sensations John Cowper Powys 1917

  • There is, in this work of Alexander the younger, plenty of imitation, of convention, of that would-be knowingness which is the most amusing form of ignorance, etc., etc.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century George Saintsbury 1889

  • He seems to have decided this drive has nothing to do with any sense of morality and everything to do with our need, as individuals, to attain power by maintaining a level of "knowingness" (defined in terms of information, by the bulkload, rather than knowledge).

    GreenCine Daily 2009

  • Then he sits and Jensen Ackles delivers an amazing look of self-referential 'knowingness' that speaks volumes for what is really going through at that exact moment. 2009

  • Mr. Riccardi—writing with the fervor of an advocate, the skill of a critic and the knowingness of a musician he is a pianist as well as a writer—gives us something vivid on every page of "What a Wonderful World."

    The Art of Staying Hot Tom Nolan 2011


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