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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for unawareness
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  • It rebukes the extravagance, the rigidity, the unawareness of the individual who fails to adapt himself to his social environment.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • It was so wonderful to me, their unawareness that they were bores.

    In the Mountains Elizabeth von Arnim
  • He was a small, dark figure, like an animal moving in its unawareness.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • He blacked out, sinking helplessly into the black plush night of unawareness.

    Sound of Terror Don Berry
  • Their very aloofness from the world—its unawareness of their story's existence made for the perfection of all they felt.

    Robin Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • But still more responsible for their unawareness was the educational system in which they were reared.

    Medieval People Eileen Edna Power
  • It had become evident to him that what might be dulness might also be unawareness.

    Christmas Roses and Other Stories Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • She had found a blessed refuge from her perplexities in the stolid Adelaide's unawareness.

    The Reef Edith Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for unawareness


(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unawareness


see unawares.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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