- unmindful; unconscious; unaware (usually followed by of or to): She was oblivious of his admiration.
- forgetful; without remembrance or memory: oblivious of my former failure.
- Archaic. inducing forgetfulness.
Origin of oblivious
Examples from the Web for obliviously
Seeing that he lingered there obliviously, she wished to regain her hold upon him.His Masterpiece
NOW I like a fool—a genuine fool, who is obliviously unconscious of the fact!Ginger-Snaps
"Come, children, dinner will be cold," said Mrs. Hewitt obliviously.The Wishing-Ring Man
Was he after all not so obliviously content as he seemed in his fine new surroundings?Why Joan?
Eleanor Mercein Kelly
"I wish I knew how to be sen-ten-tious," said Barbara, obliviously.John March, Southerner
George W. Cable
- (foll by to or of) unaware or forgetful
Word Origin and History for obliviously
mid-15c., from Latin obliviosus "forgetful, that easily forgets; producing forgetfulness," from oblivion (see oblivion). Meaning "unaware, unconscious (of something)" is from 1862, formerly regarded as erroneous, this is now the general meaning and the word has lost its original sense of "no longer aware or mindful." Properly should be used with to, not of. Related: Obliviously; obliviousness.