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[uhn-noh-ing] /ʌnˈnoʊ ɪŋ/
ignorant or unaware:
unknowing aid to the enemy.
Origin of unknowing
1250-1300; Middle English; see un-1, knowing
Related forms
unknowingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unknowing
  • The failure to find the answer gives way to a more profound revelation, a burning light of unknowing.
  • One might be given inappropriate deference by the unknowing.
  • Marina has to be unknowing of herself, to an extent.
  • The unknowing, the taut balance, the jolts and instability spread in widening ripples through all my thoughts.
  • Wild animals in the rural and forested regions may come in contact with unknowing travelers.
  • In a small number of cases, the newborns were given to unknowing civilian families for adoption.
  • Because, my subjects are unknowing participants in my craft, they are totally unguarded.
  • Feces is filthy and any unknowing pedestrian can track this stuff into their house and sicken everyone.
  • The picture of island life is neither unknowing nor fraudulent.
  • Worse yet, due to their deliberate or unknowing participation in the scams, these individuals may face criminal charges.
British Dictionary definitions for unknowing


not knowing; ignorant
(postpositive) often foll by of. without knowledge or unaware (of)
Derived Forms
unknowingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unknowing

c.1300, "without knowledge, ignorant," from un- (1) "not" + present participle of know (v.). Noun meaning "ignorance" is mid-14c. Related: Unknowingly.

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