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  • adj. Failing to observe something; unobservant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not observing; inattentive; heedless.


un- +‎ observing (Wiktionary)


  • To an eye so unobserving as that of Bucklaw, her demeanour had little more of reluctance than might suit the character of a bashful young lady, who, however, he could not disguise from himself, was complying with the choice of her friends rather than exercising any personal predilection in his favour.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • These, when observing men have made them, unobserving men, when they are proposed to them, cannot refuse their assent to.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • There was but one other present, a country lout who stood swallowing his wine, equally unobserved by all and unobserving — to him he dealt a glance of murderous suspicion, and turned direct upon his wife.

    Lay Morals

  • Filled with dreary imaginations, I passed through many beautiful and majestic scenes; but my eyes were fixed and unobserving.

    Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus

  • I must excuse them, I really must forgive them; this was too bad, he had been so unobserving ....

    Look Back on Happiness

  • Adrian and I, leaving Clara and Evelyn wrapt in peaceful unobserving slumber, carried the body to this desolate spot, and placed it in those caves of ice beneath the glacier, which rive and split with the slightest sound, and bring destruction on those within the clefts — no bird or beast of prey could here profane the frozen form.

    The Last Man

  • But she stood back against the solid wall, under the caper-bush, unobserved and unobserving.

    Twilight in Italy

  • Filled with dreary imaginations, I passed through many beautiful and majestic scenes, but my eyes were fixed and unobserving.


  • Some unobserving travellers, indeed, have mistaken his exceeding cautiousness for stark cowardice.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • In a word he was FREE ... free to exist unobserving and unobserved.

    Ultima Thule


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