Definitions

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

  • transitive verb To dismiss from the mind; disregard.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To retract in thought; remove from the mind or thought; think differently about.

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

  • transitive verb To recall or take back, as something thought.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, intransitive To undo the process of thinking.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • His "unthink" tank has tried for some time to abolish Colorado's nationally acclaimed judicial selection procedure.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • I suggest that you prevent your child from watching YouTube, that is to say, be a parent, censor yourself (and those minors you are responsible for) and leave the "unthink" to the thought police, hmm?

    Boing Boing

  • We all needed to rethink or unthink the moments of silence we had been curating.

    When We Stopped Sound

  • Warning: If you click the link, you can't unthink the image of Ron Paul in a bathing suit

    HUFFPOST HILL - Congress Passes Budget, Catastrophe Postponed

  • Try to see the difference and the burden of the one, and the same in the many, in the willingness of unthink in the trials of nothingness

    Singular vs. Plural

  • In those days Norman Podhoretz dubbed the Beats as “know-nothing bohemians,” and Robert Brustein declared them leaders of “the cult of unthink.”

    The Typewriter Is Holy

  • I made myself put it out of my mind, I made myself unthink it, but it was too late.

    THE EXILE OF GIGI LANE

  • Whenever the unthinkable happens, you can be pretty sure science fiction will unthink it.

    What's Wrong with Star Trek?

  • In those days Norman Podhoretz dubbed the Beats as “know-nothing bohemians,” and Robert Brustein declared them leaders of “the cult of unthink.”

    The Typewriter Is Holy

  • I made myself put it out of my mind, I made myself unthink it, but it was too late.

    THE EXILE OF GIGI LANE

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  • Dan Dennett talked of "unthinking engineering" in his 2002 TED speech, quote:

    Yesterday, Amory Lovins spoke about "infectious repetitis." It was a term of abuse, in effect. This is unthinking engineering. Well, most of the cultural spread that goes on is not brilliant, new, out-of-the-box thinking; it's infectious repetitis.

    And we might as well try to have a theory of what's going on when that happens, so that we can understand the conditions of infection."

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    September 21, 2008