from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not knowing; unaware.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • adj. unaware because of a lack of relevant information or knowledge
  • n. ignorance (especially of orthodox beliefs)


From un- +‎ knowing. (Wiktionary)


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


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

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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

  • 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".


  • 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

  • One of the testy facts of life is that the process of maturation is a growing away from certainty, toward a much grayer, more muddled, all-bets-are-off unknowing.

    Katherine Min - An interview with author

  • It was kind of like getting to decide what you dream about, which sounds like a nice idea but it's also somehow claustrophobic, because the wonderful thing about dreams is the natural momentum, the unknowing, he says.

    The Tell-Tale Art of Tal R


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