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  1. not aware or conscious; unconscious: to be unaware of any change.
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  1. unawares.
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Origin of unaware

1585–95; un-1 + aware; compare Middle English unywar (see y-)
Related formsun·a·ware·ly, adverbun·a·ware·ness, noun


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  • I almost think he was unaware of the possibility of doing otherwise.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Unaware of his funeral, Timmins himself stood scratching his poll.

  • "I have an idea that Mr. Galloway is as yet unaware of it," said Hamish.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • The public, unaware of what was happening, wanted me to appear again and bow.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Mr. Dunbar may have been unaware of my existence until this moment.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

British Dictionary definitions for unaware


  1. (postpositive) not aware or conscious (of)unaware of the danger, he ran across the road
  2. not fully cognizant of what is going on in the worldhe's the most unaware person I've ever met
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  1. a variant of unawares
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Derived Formsunawarely, adverbunawareness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unaware

see unawares.

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