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[wit-ing] /ˈwɪt ɪŋ/
knowing; aware; conscious.
North England, knowledge.
Origin of witting
1250-1300; Middle English witing. See wit2, -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
wittingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • I have never done you any wrong—not wittingly and willfully, at any rate.

    The Master Builder Henrik Ibsen
  • True, he had parted with it wittingly, in exchange for a card which equalized the chances.

    The Blonde Lady Maurice Leblanc
  • It is therefore manifest that he who wittingly from his heart termeth you priests, is not himself a true and worthy Christian.

  • I have not, at any rate, wittingly passed by any real difficulties.

  • On the other hand, the fence-cutting girl would believe that he had wittingly joined in an unequal and unmanly pursuit.

  • That she carried it too far is no doubt true; that she did so wittingly is not so certain.

    The Women of the French Salons Amelia Gere Mason
  • Morris and these others played with it wittingly; it gave a zest, a touch of substance, to their aesthetic pleasures.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • I will not wittingly associate with any whom the pope has excommunicated.

  • The barber shall swear, "I did not mark him wittingly," and he shall be guiltless.

British Dictionary definitions for wittingly


adjective (rare)
deliberate; intentional: a witting insult
aware; knowing
Derived Forms
wittingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for wittingly



"aware," mid-14c. (implied in wittingly), present participle adjective from wit (v.).

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