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unlearn

[uhn-lurn] /ʌnˈlɜrn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to forget or lose knowledge of.
2.
to discard or put aside certain knowledge as being false or binding:
to unlearn preconceptions.
verb (used without object)
3.
to lose or discard knowledge.
Origin of unlearn
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English unlernen. See un-2, learn
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  • I gained more respect for myself than I had before:—I understood that I had unlearnt how to wish, without even wanting to do so.

    Friedrich Nietzsche Georg Brandes
  • Soon she would have unlearnt all the sweet grammar of earth.

  • He liked these Ojibways, and had unlearnt his first disgust of their uncleanly habits, though as yet he could not imitate them.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • All the years spent in working in the cottage at home have to be unlearnt—all the old habits replaced by new ones.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • And a hundred lessons on farming had to be learnt, and a hundred more to be unlearnt.

  • That there is much in all existing classifications which requires to be unlearnt is certain.

    Man and His Migrations R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
  • Its experiences, its many lessons and duties, are all unlearnt and you would pass to the spirit world immatured.

    Within the Temple of Isis Belle M. Wagner
British Dictionary definitions for unlearnt

unlearnt

/ʌnˈlɜːnt/
adjective
1.
denoting knowledge or skills innately present and therefore not learnt
2.
not learnt or taken notice of: unlearnt lessons

unlearn

/ʌnˈlɜːn/
verb -learns, -learning, -learned (-ˈlɜːnd), -learnt
1.
to try to forget (something learnt) or to discard (accumulated knowledge)
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