- to forget or lose knowledge of.
- to discard or put aside certain knowledge as being false or binding: to unlearn preconceptions.
- to lose or discard knowledge.
Origin of unlearn
- knowledge acquired by systematic study in any field of scholarly application.
- the act or process of acquiring knowledge or skill.
- Psychology. the modification of behavior through practice, training, or experience.
Origin of learning
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1. Learning, erudition, lore, scholarship refer to knowledge existing or acquired. Learning is the most general term. It may refer to knowledge obtained by systematic study or by trial and error: a man of learning; learning in the real world. Erudition suggests a thorough, formal, and profound sort of knowledge obtained by extensive research; it is especially applied to knowledge in fields other than those of mathematics and physical sciences: a man of vast erudition in languages. Lore is accumulated knowledge in a particular field, especially of a curious, anecdotal, or traditional nature; the word is now somewhat literary: nature lore; local lore. Scholarship is the formalized learning that is taught in schools, especially as actively employed by a person trying to master some field of knowledge or extend its bounds: high standards of scholarship in history.
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Examples from the Web for unlearning
"A lot of unlearning needs to be done with the Facebook stuff," says Romero.The Facebook Gaming Revolution
December 17, 2010
Decidedly, she was pressing too hard: unlearning his arts already!
It is nothing but unlearning, I find now; five thousand books to unlearn.Field and Hedgerow
Maybe that's easier than the unlearning of the 'almost-right' that people like me have to do.The Way of Decision
M. C. Pease
The lesson of unlearning what we have practiced so long is not easy, but it may be acquired.The Secret of a Happy Home (1896)
There should be no unlearning in the course of an education nor any expenditure of time on that which has no permanent value.Elementary Color
- knowledge gained by study; instruction or scholarship
- the act of gaining knowledge
- psychol any relatively permanent change in behaviour that occurs as a direct result of experience
- to try to forget (something learnt) or to discard (accumulated knowledge)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for unlearning
Old English leornung "learning, study," from leornian (see learn). Learning curve attested by 1907.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act, process, or experience of gaining knowledge or skill.
- Knowledge or skill gained through schooling or study.
- Behavioral modification, especially through experience or conditioning.
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