- inadvertent; unintentional; accidental: His insult, though unwitting, pained her.
- not knowing; unaware; ignorant; oblivious; unconscious: an unwitting person.
Origin of unwitting
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Examples from the Web for unwittingly
Unwittingly or not, modern feminism is leaving its disabled sisters out of the discussion.#YesAllWomen, but Not Really: How Feminism Leaves the Disabled Behind
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Sutherland had unwittingly purchased the paintings from a forger in California on eBay.Why eBay Is an Art Forger’s Paradise
August 19, 2014
At least they satirize entitlement instead of unwittingly enacting (and celebrating) it.Zach Braff’s Irritating Sense of Entitlement
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A December 1962 article in the Soviet newspaper Izvestia unwittingly pointed to what probably happened.The Spy Who Saved The World—Then Tried To Destroy It
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It was this battle the progress of which I unwittingly watched.
Cross never knew of the hopes and joys he had unwittingly crushed.
No; but I would not for the world that you should unwittingly run any risks in this place.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
Could they have unwittingly wandered into a deserted pest-ship?The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
I remember one such elderly lady and the shock I unwittingly gave her.The Harbor
- 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 unwittingly
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