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[uhn-lurn] /ʌnˈlɜrn/
verb (used with object)
to forget or lose knowledge of.
to discard or put aside certain knowledge as being false or binding:
to unlearn preconceptions.
verb (used without object)
to lose or discard knowledge.
Origin of unlearn
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English unlernen. See un-2, learn Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And when we learn better to enjoy ourselves, then do we unlearn best to give pain unto others, and to contrive pain.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Even to him the best grammar is the shortest and that in which he will have least to unlearn.

    Cratylus Plato
  • It has but little to unlearn or to forget in the one case, but great progress to make in the other.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • Tour lesson will be an easy one—you have nothing to unlearn.

  • In philosophy I have had to unlearn most that I had imbibed from my early text-books and the authors in chief favour with them.

    The Religious Life of London J. Ewing Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for unlearn


verb -learns, -learning, -learned (-ˈlɜːnd), -learnt
to try to forget (something learnt) or to discard (accumulated knowledge)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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