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unawares

[uhn-uh-wairz] /ˌʌn əˈwɛərz/
adverb
1.
while not aware or conscious of a thing oneself; unknowingly or inadvertently.
2.
without warning; by surprise; suddenly; unexpectedly:
to come upon someone unawares.
Origin of unawares
1525-1535
1525-35; unaware + -s1
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unawares

/ˌʌnəˈwɛəz/
adverb
1.
without prior warning or plan; unexpectedly: she caught him unawares
2.
without being aware of or knowing: he lost it unawares
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Word Origin and History for unawares
adv.

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.

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