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unwitting

[uhn-wit-ing] /ʌnˈwɪt ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
inadvertent; unintentional; accidental:
His insult, though unwitting, pained her.
2.
not knowing; unaware; ignorant; oblivious; unconscious:
an unwitting person.
Origin of unwitting
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English unwittende; see un-1, wit2, -ing2
Related forms
unwittingly, adverb
unwittingness, noun

unwit

[uhn-wit] /ʌnˈwɪt/
verb (used with object), unwitted, unwitting.
1.
Obsolete. to render devoid of wit; derange.
Origin
First recorded in 1595-1605; un-2 + wit1
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British Dictionary definitions for unwitting

unwitting

/ʌnˈwɪtɪŋ/
adjective (usually prenominal)
1.
not knowing or conscious
2.
not intentional; inadvertent
Derived Forms
unwittingly, adverb
unwittingness, noun
Word Origin
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
adj.

Old English unwitende, from un- (1) "not" + witting. Cf. Old High German unwizzanti, German unwissend, Old Norse uvitandi, Gothic unwitands. Rare after c.1600; revived c.1800.

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