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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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  • And she had thought of many—confused, frightened, unknowing, praying for unselfishness and for light to guide her.

    The Business of Life Robert W. Chambers
  • "Nowhere on earth, Esther," replied David, unknowing why he said so.

    An Old Woman's Tale Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "Feel sin a lump, thou wottest never what, but none other thing than thyself," says The Cloud of unknowing.

    Practical Mysticism Evelyn Underhill
  • They were unknowing in the art of disguising their feelings.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Heaven he gave me, unknowing, while he preached an ineffectual hell.

  • It was as though all unknowing I had heard a whisper or seen something.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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