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[uhn-uh-wair] /ˌʌn əˈwɛər/
not aware or conscious; unconscious:
to be unaware of any change.
Origin of unaware
1585-95; un-1 + aware; compare Middle English unywar (see y-)
Related forms
unawarely, adverb
unawareness, noun
1. unsuspecting, ignorant, unknowing. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unawareness
Historical Examples
  • He was a small, dark figure, like an animal moving in its unawareness.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • She had found a blessed refuge from her perplexities in the stolid Adelaide's unawareness.

    The Reef Edith Wharton
  • It had become evident to him that what might be dulness might also be unawareness.

    Christmas Roses and Other Stories Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • It was so wonderful to me, their unawareness that they were bores.

    In the Mountains

    Elizabeth von Arnim
  • He blacked out, sinking helplessly into the black plush night of unawareness.

    Sound of Terror Don Berry
  • Their very aloofness from the world—its unawareness of their story's existence made for the perfection of all they felt.

    Robin Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • But still more responsible for their unawareness was the educational system in which they were reared.

    Medieval People Eileen Edna Power
  • It rebukes the extravagance, the rigidity, the unawareness of the individual who fails to adapt himself to his social environment.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
British Dictionary definitions for unawareness


(postpositive) not aware or conscious (of): unaware of the danger, he ran across the road
not fully cognizant of what is going on in the world: he's the most unaware person I've ever met
a variant of unawares
Derived Forms
unawarely, adverb
unawareness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unawareness


see unawares.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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