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[uhn-uh-wair] /ˌʌn əˈwɛər/
not aware or conscious; unconscious:
to be unaware of any change.
Origin of unaware
1585-95; un-1 + aware; compare Middle English unywar (see y-)
Related forms
unawarely, adverb
unawareness, noun
1. unsuspecting, ignorant, unknowing. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unaware
  • They may be deaf or blind, unaware of a neurologist's questions.
  • Even more remarkably, for two decades they were unaware this arresting glimpse into their lives even existed.
  • Thornton, who had been trained as a physician but was now trying his hand at architecture, seemed unaware of the oppressive heat.
  • She was in a petticoat now, and corsets which bulged, and unaware of being seen in bulgy corsets.
  • However, some members of the academic community are unaware of this information.
  • The position has become indispensable, no matter that many people on campus are unaware of the safety officer's existence.
  • Student are not unaware of the options available for those willing to pay, yet it seems that many in academia are.
  • Mothers and fathers loved their ugly or unintelligent kids because they were unaware that their kids were ugly and unintelligent.
  • It is my experience that many mental-health professionals are unaware of how extremely obedient they are to authorities.
  • And completely unaware of anything else in the universe.
British Dictionary definitions for unaware


(postpositive) not aware or conscious (of): unaware of the danger, he ran across the road
not fully cognizant of what is going on in the world: he's the most unaware person I've ever met
a variant of unawares
Derived Forms
unawarely, adverb
unawareness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unaware

see unawares.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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