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unlearn

[uhn-lurn] /ʌnˈlɜrn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to forget or lose knowledge of.
2.
to discard or put aside certain knowledge as being false or binding:
to unlearn preconceptions.
verb (used without object)
3.
to lose or discard knowledge.
Origin of unlearn
late Middle English
1400-1450
First recorded in 1400-50, unlearn is from the late Middle English word unlernen. See un-2, learn
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Examples from the Web for unlearnt
Historical Examples
  • Soon she would have unlearnt all the sweet grammar of earth.

  • 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 Richard Jefferies
  • 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 Georg Brandes
  • Its experiences, its many lessons and duties, are all unlearnt and you would pass to the spirit world immatured.

    Within the Temple of Isis Belle M. Wagner
  • And a hundred lessons on farming had to be learnt, and a hundred more to be unlearnt.

British Dictionary definitions for unlearnt

unlearnt

/ʌnˈlɜːnt/
adjective
1.
denoting knowledge or skills innately present and therefore not learnt
2.
not learnt or taken notice of: unlearnt lessons

unlearn

/ʌnˈlɜːn/
verb -learns, -learning, -learned (-ˈlɜːnd), -learnt
1.
to try to forget (something learnt) or to discard (accumulated knowledge)
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