- unmindful; unconscious; unaware (usually followed by of or to): She was oblivious of his admiration.
- forgetful; without remembrance or memory: oblivious of my former failure.
- Archaic. inducing forgetfulness.
Origin of oblivious
Related Words for obliviousblind, uninformed, unfamiliar, unconcerned, inattentive, deaf, absent, absentminded, absorbed, abstracted, careless, distracted, dreamy, forgetful, gone, heedless, incognizant, insensible, neglectful, negligent
Examples from the Web for oblivious
Contemporary Examples of oblivious
Borges, at first, was oblivious to her absolute lack of intellectual acuity.Borges Had A Genius For Literature But Not Love Or Much Else
October 24, 2014
Panahi, however, refuses to be oblivious to what goes on in his country.Jafar Panahi: Filmmaking Ban Is My Iranian Prison
July 8, 2014
Letterman, however, was oblivious to this—which certainly seems to hold up based on his frazzled reaction in this clip.In Honor of David Letterman’s Pending Retirement, Watch His Wildest Interviews (VIDEO)
April 3, 2014
At one point, an oblivious girl asked whether the placard was a joke.Did Egypt's Arab Spring Martyrs Die in Vain?
January 26, 2014
I might think, but apparently this man was oblivious to the fact that I could also hear.Why I Roofied Myself: A Model on Fashion and the Date-Rape Drug
January 5, 2014
Historical Examples of oblivious
They quite blocked the pathway, oblivious to everything but their outraged feelings.
The good lady, oblivious to the humorous side of her greeting, flushed in anger.
Martin was now talking to himself, oblivious to his wife's presence, indifferent to her.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
And twice he had been oblivious to that token of their maturing understanding.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
He tried to back away from her, oblivious to the fact that by his hold on her he dragged her after him.White Fang
- (foll by to or of) unaware or forgetful
Word Origin and History for oblivious
mid-15c., from Latin obliviosus "forgetful, that easily forgets; producing forgetfulness," from oblivion (see oblivion). Meaning "unaware, unconscious (of something)" is from 1862, formerly regarded as erroneous, this is now the general meaning and the word has lost its original sense of "no longer aware or mindful." Properly should be used with to, not of. Related: Obliviously; obliviousness.