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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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  • Rose smiled as a mother smiles at a child that has unknowingly hurt her.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • 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
  • However, unknowingly, she did give two helpful hints, upon which Robin seized gratefully.

    Red-Robin Jane Abbott
  • At this period, unknowingly, he resisted his mother's influence.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • Forgive me the intolerable wrong which, all unknowingly, I did you before your birth.

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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