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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of unlearn.
  • adj. innate, inherent or inborn.
  • adj. not educated


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  • Many North Koreans seem to have "unlearnt" basic instincts, such as curiosity.

    Daimnation!: Rollerblading through Pyongyang

  • Indeed, it's great as a training tool for potential future engineers, although a lot will have to be unlearnt in order to move from Lego to poured-concrete construction.

    Snell-Pym » 2009 » January

  • You'd have thought that Labour would have learnt from Crewe & Nantwich that nepotism is unappealing - but then again there are many unlearnt lessons from that campaign.

    Labour Family Trees

  • Jatkar Saab loved caps and I made sure I gave him some as I had a large collection, I once stitched a safari suit for him, that pleased him a lot, I must confess whatever I am today , it is because of this great man, he made sure I unlearnt photography, and he talked about Kundalini uncoiling the serpent within - the Indian form of Cartier Bresson's decisive moment.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • There was I a dragoon, roving, unsettled, not self – made like him, but self – unmade — all my earlier advantages thrown away, all my little learning unlearnt, nothing picked up but what unfitted me for most things that I could think of.

    Bleak House

  • Therefore do I here wait, crafty and scornful upon high mountains, no impatient one, no patient one; rather one who hath even unlearnt patience, — because he no longer “suffereth.”

    Thus spake Zarathustra; A book for all and none

  • Britons learnt many useful arts, to read and to write, to build houses and to make roads; but at the same time, they unlearnt some of their own virtues and, among others, how to think and act for themselves.

    Stories from Le Morte D'Arthur and the Mabinogion

  • But the love-ways that came so easy to him were lessons all unlearnt as yet by her, and he respected both her reticence and her reluctance.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 101, May, 1876

  • To think of what Immanuel Kant has been to the many men and women of this century, who, having unlearnt the old traditions, had not yet found a new inspiration -- the souls that were athirst for the waters of life which the ancient wells could no longer supply -- is to be reminded of the pious and generous tribute which the Jewish exiles, after their sad return from the

    Morality as a Religion An exposition of some first principles

  • But, like most of the lessons set before us in this life, I feared it would be a lesson unlearnt.

    Potterism A Tragi-Farcical Tract


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