Definitions

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

  • adjective Not knowing; unaware.
  • adjective Not intended; unintentional.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not knowing; ignorant.
  • noun Ignorance.

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

  • adjective Not knowing; unconscious; ignorant.

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

  • adjective unaware or uninformed
  • adjective unintentional

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

  • adjective not aware or knowing
  • adjective unaware because of a lack of relevant information or knowledge
  • adjective not done with purpose or intent

Etymologies

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

[Middle English : un-, not; see un– + witting, present participle of witten, to know (from Old English witan; see weid- in Indo-European roots).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English unwitende

Examples

  • I explained to Edna that without the benefit of her explanation a person at home would understand the ad to mean that all storage was half off and accused Sears of deliberately making the ad ambiguous to draw in unwitting customers.

    Sears Kicks Off Holiday Weekend With False Advertising - The Consumerist

  • For nearly nineteen years now, my Angel has had allies: My husband and children are in unwitting cahoots with her.

    Tuesday before "Law & Order"

  • For nearly nineteen years now, my Angel has had allies: My husband and children are in unwitting cahoots with her.

    Archive 2004-11-01

  • Illustrating Ortega's remark, we call unwitting or in - nocent Platonists all those — from German romanticism to recent popular poetry — who speak of “soul brother or sister,” “the fusion of souls” in “the ecstasy of love” in which lovers believe they are “joined as One,” and those who describe themselves as being loved by their

    LOVE

  • Itylus, whom on a time she slew with the sword unwitting,

    The Odyssey

  • It is unclear how many federal cases involve so-called unwitting couriers.

    Homepage CP Container

  • Causing mayhem on the unwitting is a staple of video games -- just witness the

    Fast Company

  • Even as when the daughter of Pandareus, the nightingale of the greenwood, sings sweet in the first season of the spring, from her place in the thick leafage of the trees, and with many a turn and trill she pours forth her full-voiced music bewailing her child, dear Itylus, whom on a time she slew with the sword unwitting, Itylus the son of Zethus the prince; even as her song, my troubled soul sways to and fro.

    Book XIX

  • Drake exchanged hundreds of e-mails with the reporter using a secure mail service, passed along information he received from "unwitting" NSA employees and used his access to classified computer networks to obtain information for the reporter, the indictment states.

    Spy agency worker accused of leaking documents to reporter

  • It's when we assume that what seems to be true for most of our students is true for all of our students that we do this kind of unwitting damage.

    Here's a cheerful thought

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