unwittingness

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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