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knowing

[noh-ing] /ˈnoʊ ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
affecting, implying, or deliberately revealing shrewd knowledge of secret or private information:
a knowing glance.
2.
that knows; having knowledge or information; intelligent.
3.
shrewd, sharp, or astute.
4.
conscious; intentional; deliberate.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English knawynge (earlier knowende, knawande). See know1, -ing2
Related forms
knowingly, adverb
knowingness, noun
Synonyms
1. meaningful, significant, eloquent, perceptive.
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  • Each culture in the world has borrowed attributes from other cultures whether knowingly or not, willingly or not.
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  • Parents who knowingly have avoided vaccinations and whose kids carry preventable diseases to others should be prosecuted.
  • Present are five forms of evil that makes us smile, smirk or chuckle knowingly.
  • These companies facilitate criminal enterprises, whether knowingly or not.
  • The moneymen laughed knowingly, confident in their shared belief of the great unstoppable digital convergence.
  • But those gestures are designed, knowingly or not, to salve the conscience of the public.
  • Bank directors too must attest that they are running going concerns, and risk legal consequences if they are knowingly wrong.
  • These professors have committed fraud, in knowingly presenting false data to obtain the various funds.
British Dictionary definitions for knowingly

knowing

/ˈnəʊɪŋ/
adjective
1.
suggesting secret information or knowledge
2.
wise, shrewd, or clever
3.
deliberate; intentional
noun
4.
there is no knowing, one cannot tell
Derived Forms
knowingly, adverb
knowingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for knowingly
adv.

late 14c., from knowing + -ly (2).

knowing

adj.

"with knowledge of truth," late 14c., from present participle of know (v.). Related: Knowingly.

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