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ignore

[ig-nawr, -nohr]
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verb (used with object), ig·nored, ig·nor·ing.
  1. to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.
  2. Law. (of a grand jury) to reject (a bill of indictment), as on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
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Origin of ignore

1605–15; < Latin ignōrāre to not know, disregard, verbal derivative of ignārus ignorant, unaware (with -ō- perhaps from ignōtus unknown), equivalent to in- in-3 + gnārus knowing, acquainted (with); akin to (g)nōscere to know1
Related formsig·nor·a·ble, adjectiveig·nor·er, nounun·ig·nor·a·ble, adjectiveun·ig·nor·a·bly, adverbun·ig·nored, adjectiveun·ig·nor·ing, adjectivewell-ig·nored, adjective

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Related Words for ignorable

forgettable, unimportant, bland, nondescript, unmemorable, unremarkable, uneventful

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Historical Examples of ignorable

  • Things-plus-me is the only knowable, and consequently the only 'ignorable.'

    James Frederick Ferrier

    Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane

  • The law of ignorance hence is that 'we can be ignorant only of what can be known,' or 'the knowable is alone the ignorable.'

    James Frederick Ferrier

    Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane


British Dictionary definitions for ignorable

ignore

verb (tr)
  1. to fail or refuse to notice; disregard
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noun
  1. Australian informal disregardto treat someone with ignore
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Derived Formsignorable, adjectiveignorer, noun

Word Origin for ignore

C17: from Latin ignōrāre not to know, from ignārus ignorant of, from i- in- 1 + gnārus knowing; related to Latin noscere to know
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Word Origin and History for ignorable

ignore

v.

1610s, "not to know, to be ignorant of," from French ignorer "be unaware of," from Latin ignorare "not to know, disregard" (see ignorant). Sense of "pay no attention to" first recorded 1801 (Barnhart says "probably a dictionary word"), and not common until c.1850. Related: Ignored; ignoring.

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