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


Origin of unaware

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

Synonyms for unaware

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Historical Examples of unawareness

  • But still more responsible for their unawareness was the educational system in which they were reared.

    Medieval People

    Eileen Edna Power

  • She had found a blessed refuge from her perplexities in the stolid Adelaide's unawareness.

    The Reef

    Edith Wharton

  • It had become evident to him that what might be dulness might also be unawareness.

  • Their very aloofness from the world—its unawareness of their story's existence made for the perfection of all they felt.


    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • It rebukes the extravagance, the rigidity, the unawareness of the individual who fails to adapt himself to his social environment.

British Dictionary definitions for unawareness



(postpositive) not aware or conscious (of)unaware of the danger, he ran across the road
not fully cognizant of what is going on in the worldhe's the most unaware person I've ever met


a variant of unawares
Derived Formsunawarely, adverbunawareness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unawareness


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