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[ig-nawr, -nohr] /ɪgˈnɔr, -ˈnoʊr/
verb (used with object), ignored, ignoring.
to refrain from noticing or recognizing:
to ignore insulting remarks.
Law. (of a grand jury) to reject (a bill of indictment), as on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
Origin of ignore
1605-15; < Latin ignōrāre to not know, disregard, verbal derivative of ignārus ignorant, unaware (with -ō- perhaps from ignōtus unknown), equivalent to in- in-3 + gnārus knowing, acquainted (with); akin to (g)nōscere to know1
Related forms
ignorable, adjective
ignorer, noun
unignorable, adjective
unignorably, adverb
unignored, adjective
unignoring, adjective
well-ignored, adjective
1. overlook; slight, disregard, neglect.
1. notice, regard. Unabridged
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  • Things-plus-me is the only knowable, and consequently the only 'ignorable.'

    James Frederick Ferrier Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane
  • The law of ignorance hence is that 'we can be ignorant only of what can be known,' or 'the knowable is alone the ignorable.'

    James Frederick Ferrier Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane
British Dictionary definitions for ignorable


verb (transitive)
to fail or refuse to notice; disregard
(Austral, informal) disregard: to treat someone with ignore
Derived Forms
ignorable, adjective
ignorer, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ignōrāre not to know, from ignārus ignorant of, from i-in-1 + gnārus knowing; related to Latin noscere to know
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Word Origin and History for ignorable



1610s, "not to know, to be ignorant of," from French ignorer "be unaware of," from Latin ignorare "not to know, disregard" (see ignorant). Sense of "pay no attention to" first recorded 1801 (Barnhart says "probably a dictionary word"), and not common until c.1850. Related: Ignored; ignoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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