- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for unlearnt
Soon she would have unlearnt all the sweet grammar of earth.The Romance of Zion Chapel [3d ed.]
Richard Le Gallienne
All the years spent in working in the cottage at home have to be unlearnt—all the old habits replaced by new ones.The Toilers of the Field
He liked these Ojibways, and had unlearnt his first disgust of their uncleanly habits, though as yet he could not imitate them.Fort Amity
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
That there is much in all existing classifications which requires to be unlearnt is certain.Man and His Migrations
R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
I gained more respect for myself than I had before:—I understood that I had unlearnt how to wish, without even wanting to do so.Friedrich Nietzsche
- denoting knowledge or skills innately present and therefore not learnt
- not learnt or taken notice ofunlearnt lessons
- 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