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[uhn-noh-ing] /ʌnˈnoʊ ɪŋ/
ignorant or unaware:
unknowing aid to the enemy.
Origin of unknowing
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at un-1, knowing
Related forms
unknowingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • I hadn't returned it, after all; had been gripping it all the time, unknowing.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • "Nowhere on earth, Esther," replied David, unknowing why he said so.

    An Old Woman's Tale Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • They were unknowing in the art of disguising their feelings.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • It was as though all unknowing I had heard a whisper or seen something.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • But for thee I should have passed away, unknowing the glory of manhood.

  • But, knowing or unknowing, he repeated his cry, and was answered.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
British Dictionary definitions for unknowing


not knowing; ignorant
(postpositive) often foll by of. without knowledge or unaware (of)
Derived Forms
unknowingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unknowing

c.1300, "without knowledge, ignorant," from un- (1) "not" + present participle of know (v.). Noun meaning "ignorance" is mid-14c. Related: Unknowingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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