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knowledge

[nol-ij] /ˈnɒl ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition:
knowledge of many things.
2.
familiarity or conversance, as with a particular subject or branch of learning:
A knowledge of accounting was necessary for the job.
3.
acquaintance or familiarity gained by sight, experience, or report:
a knowledge of human nature.
4.
the fact or state of knowing; the perception of fact or truth; clear and certain mental apprehension.
5.
awareness, as of a fact or circumstance:
He had knowledge of her good fortune.
6.
something that is or may be known; information:
He sought knowledge of her activities.
7.
the body of truths or facts accumulated in the course of time.
8.
the sum of what is known:
Knowledge of the true situation is limited.
9.
Archaic. sexual intercourse.
adjective
10.
creating, involving, using, or disseminating special knowledge or information:
A computer expert can always find a good job in the knowledge industry.
Idioms
11.
to one's knowledge, according to the information available to one:
To my knowledge he hasn't been here before.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English knouleche, equivalent to know(en) to know1 + -leche, perhaps akin to Old English -lāc suffix denoting action or practice, cognate with Old Norse (-)leikr; cf. wedlock
Related forms
knowledgeless, adjective
preknowledge, noun
superknowledge, noun
Synonyms
1. See information. 4. understanding, discernment, comprehension; erudition, scholarship.
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British Dictionary definitions for knowledgeless

knowledge

/ˈnɒlɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the facts, feelings or experiences known by a person or group of people
2.
the state of knowing
3.
awareness, consciousness, or familiarity gained by experience or learning
4.
erudition or informed learning
5.
specific information about a subject
6.
sexual intercourse (obsolete except in the legal phrase carnal knowledge)
7.
come to one's knowledge, to become known to one
8.
to my knowledge
  1. as I understand it
  2. as I know
9.
(Irish) grow out of one's knowledge, to behave in a presumptuous or conceited manner
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Word Origin and History for knowledgeless

knowledge

n.

early 12c., cnawlece "acknowledgment of a superior, honor, worship;" for first element see know. Second element obscure, perhaps from Scandinavian and cognate with the -lock "action, process," found in wedlock. Meaning "capacity for knowing, understanding; familiarity; fact of knowing" is late 14c. Sense of "an organized body of facts or teachings" is from c.1400, as is that of "sexual intercourse." Also a verb in Middle English, knoulechen "acknowledge" (c.1200), later "find out about; recognize," and "to have sexual intercourse with" (c.1300).

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