unwitting

[uhn-wit-ing]
adjective
1.
inadvertent; unintentional; accidental: His insult, though unwitting, pained her.
2.
not knowing; unaware; ignorant; oblivious; unconscious: an unwitting person.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English unwittende; see un-1, wit2, -ing2

unwittingly, adverb
unwittingness, noun
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unwitting (ʌnˈwɪtɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  not knowing or conscious
2.  not intentional; inadvertent
 
[Old English unwitende, from un-1 + witting, present participle of witan to know; related to Old High German wizzan to know, Old Norse vita]
 
un'wittingly
 
adv
 
un'wittingness
 
n

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unwitting
O.E. unwitende, from un- (1) "not" + witting (see wit). Cf. O.H.G. unwizzanti, Ger. unwissend, O.N. uvitandi, Goth. unwitands. Rare after c.1600; revived c.1800.
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Example sentences
Witness rarely seen wild creatures, and discover how their unique behaviors
  unwittingly serve each others' survival.
Some players entered quarantine zones for a look-see and left, unwittingly
  taking the disease with them.
But deer are also thriving because of the ways people have carved up the
  countryside, unwittingly creating prime deer habitat.
They were unwittingly promulgating the net's first truly malicious chain letter.
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