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[uhn-noh-ing] /ʌnˈnoʊ ɪŋ/
ignorant or unaware:
unknowing aid to the enemy.
1250-1300; Middle English; see un-1, knowing
Related forms
unknowingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Thunder was unknowingly working in this tradition, welcoming tourists to see the art and hear the lecture.
  • The adrenal gland continues pumping out what it thinks is cortisol, but it is unknowingly producing masculinizing androgens.
  • But you might also unknowingly be getting genetically modified cattle feed.
  • It did this either by itself or because one of the pilots unknowingly pushed a button.
  • He unknowingly encourages them to postpone their entry into the labor market.
  • Good people unknowingly contribute to unethical actions, so reforms need to address the often hidden influences on our behavior.
  • Upon clicking the link, the recipient is unknowingly taken to a malicious web page.
  • Some clients were unknowingly left without insurance on their homes, farms and vehicles.
  • Declaring sulfites on the label reduces the likelihood that sensitive individuals would unknowingly consume the food.
British Dictionary definitions for unknowingly


not knowing; ignorant
(postpositive) often foll by of. without knowledge or unaware (of)
Derived Forms
unknowingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unknowingly



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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