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[wit-ing] /ˈwɪt ɪŋ/
knowing; aware; conscious.
North England. knowledge.
Origin of witting
First recorded in 1250-1300, witting is from the Middle English word witing. See wit2, -ing2, -ing1
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wittingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • And whenever I take their sacred names to witness, I do not wittingly falsify my word.

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • True, he had parted with it wittingly, in exchange for a card which equalized the chances.

    The Blonde Lady

    Maurice Leblanc
  • I have not, at any rate, wittingly passed by any real difficulties.

  • It was a luxury she could always command at home and she had wittingly missed it.

  • That she carried it too far is no doubt true; that she did so wittingly is not so certain.

    The Women of the French Salons Amelia Gere Mason
  • I will not wittingly associate with any whom the pope has excommunicated.

  • I have never done you any wrong—not wittingly and willfully, at any rate.

    The Master Builder Henrik Ibsen
  • I could not tell, for surely I knew not I had ever wittingly injured any one.

    A Tale of the Kloster Brother Jabez
  • Her husband had obviously and wittingly humiliated her in presence of his friend.

    The Gambler Katherine Cecil Thurston
British Dictionary definitions for wittingly


adjective (rare)
deliberate; intentional: a witting insult
aware; knowing
Derived Forms
wittingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for wittingly



"aware," mid-14c. (implied in wittingly), present participle adjective from wit (v.).

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