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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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  • She did her best, all unknowingly, bless her, to kill the last vestige of manhood in me.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • I did it unknowingly, by this man's contrivance; but not in any fear of him.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • unknowingly, mind you, for therein existed much of the secret of my power.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman
  • It was not inconceivable that she should have unknowingly fallen in love with an android.

    The Jupiter Weapon Charles Louis Fontenay
  • unknowingly, he had ceased to be a man and had become a ferret.

British Dictionary definitions for unknowingly


not knowing; ignorant
(postpositive) often foll by of. without knowledge or unaware (of)
Derived Forms
unknowingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unknowingly



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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