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[uhn-uh-wairz] /ˌʌn əˈwɛərz/
while not aware or conscious of a thing oneself; unknowingly or inadvertently.
without warning; by surprise; suddenly; unexpectedly:
to come upon someone unawares.
Origin of unawares
1525-35; unaware + -s1 Unabridged
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  • Better to let the student go about his life unawares, as if his verbal fly were open.
  • On world markets, buyers have also been caught unawares.
  • There is danger that such a fire may get into a wall and continue to burn unawares until it is a much bigger fire.
  • Immediate donning eliminates the chance for a miner entering an irrespirable atmosphere unawares.
  • Taken unawares, with out leaders and with little food, the mutineers surrendered.
  • Everybody seemed to be taken unawares, despite the fact that the almanac told them to be prepared.
British Dictionary definitions for unawares


without prior warning or plan; unexpectedly: she caught him unawares
without being aware of or knowing: he lost it unawares
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Word Origin and History for unawares

1530s, "without being aware," from un- (1) "not" + aware + adverbial genitive -s. Meaning "without being noticed" is recorded from 1660s. Form unaware is recorded from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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