- inadvertent; unintentional; accidental: His insult, though unwitting, pained her.
- not knowing; unaware; ignorant; oblivious; unconscious: an unwitting person.
Origin of unwitting
- Obsolete. to render devoid of wit; derange.
Origin of unwit
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Examples from the Web for unwitting
The email appears to have been a relatively common attempt to gain personal information from a wide range of unwitting victims.Was Sony Hit With a Second Hack?
January 8, 2015
The average reader, he declares, is but an unwitting receptacle for media narratives.What is the News? Whatever Alain de Botton Thinks It Is
February 20, 2014
Marcus, for example, argued that Freud was an unwitting modernist master and “Dora” “a great work of literature.”Psychoanalysis as Literature: Stephen Grosz’s ‘The Examined Life’
June 5, 2013
Christopher Clark reminds us that the “Great War for Civilization” was an unwitting suicide pact.The Utterly Pointless First World War
Michael F. Bishop
May 22, 2013
I think he can do it, especially with the unwitting help of the Republicans, who get dumber every week.How Obama Can Become Our Era’s Reagan
January 21, 2013
I followed thee to thy prison, unwitting it would turn into a palace.Dreamers of the Ghetto
With that water aged Iapix washed the wound, unwitting; and suddenly, lo!The Aeneid of Virgil
And did he look so pityingly as you describe, and bless me as I was praying, unwitting of his presence?The Golden Dog
He is no more in a strait betwixt two, or unwitting what he shall choose.Expositions of Holy Scripture
For one second she saw the unwitting, involuntary response in his eyes.It Pays to Smile
Nina Wilcox Putnam
- not knowing or conscious
- not intentional; inadvertent
Old English unwitende, from un- 1 + witting, present participle of witan to know; related to Old High German wizzan to know, Old Norse vita
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Word Origin and History for unwitting
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