Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not knowing; unaware.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not knowing; ignorant: with of before an object. 416

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  • adjective Without knowing; ignorant.
  • adjective obsolete Unknown, unbeknownst (to someone).

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

  • adjective unaware because of a lack of relevant information or knowledge
  • noun ignorance (especially of orthodox beliefs)

Etymologies

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From un- +‎ knowing.

Examples

  • "Safba," Ishaili gestures in Arabic, unknowing of the English translation for freshwater bream.

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  • The 'unknowing' of the mystics has its virtues and its place, but being well-read and knowledgeable makes one powerful and persuasive book.

    The Case for God by Karen Armstrong: Book summary

  • Instead, try 'silence, reverence and awe,' she says; or music, ritual, the steady habit of compassion, and a graceful acceptance of mystery and 'unknowing' ...

    Karen Armstrong and the case for God

  • Instead, try 'silence, reverence and awe,' she says; or music, ritual, the steady habit of compassion, and a graceful acceptance of mystery and 'unknowing' ...

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • It's this kind of unknowing that really bothers me.

    It's raining here

  • It's this kind of unknowing that really bothers me.

    Archive 2005-02-01

  • But maybe they’re just unknowing, which is not the same thing.

    Think Progress » Peggy Noonan:

  • The black screen is reserved for a specific kind of unknowing:

    The New Yorker

  • Instead, try "silence, reverence and awe," she says; or music, ritual, the steady habit of compassion, and a graceful acceptance of mystery and "unknowing".

    Darwiniana

  • Rather than draw upon words to squelch the unknown and to eliminate mystery, we can use them to bring forth more unknowing.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

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