[ uhn-uh-wair ]
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  1. not aware or conscious; unconscious: to be unaware of any change.


Origin of unaware

First recorded in 1585–95; un-1 + aware; compare Middle English unywar (see y-)

Other words for unaware

Other words from unaware

  • un·a·ware·ly, adverb
  • un·a·ware·ness, noun

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How to use unaware in a sentence

  • In America, however, there is a stubborn strain of vacuous unawareness that reflects no credit on American society.

    Ignorant America | Tunku Varadarajan | August 30, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Reagan harbored strong ideological convictions, but an astonishing unawareness of basic facts.

    Revenge of the Nerds | Peter Beinart | December 8, 2008 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • At school he heard the same incessant war-talk, and found the same fundamental unawareness of the meaning of the war.

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

    Robin | Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • So that when Madame von Marwitz sought to quell him she found herself met with a gentle unawareness, even a gentle indifference.

    Tante | Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • But still more responsible for their unawareness was the educational system in which they were reared.

    Medieval People | Eileen Edna Power
  • The rejuvenating effects of sleep are due to man's temporary unawareness of body and breathing.

    Autobiography of a YOGI | Paramhansa Yogananda

British Dictionary definitions for unaware


/ (ˌʌnəˈwɛə) /

  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 world: he's the most unaware person I've ever met

  1. a variant of unawares

Derived forms of unaware

  • unawarely, adverb
  • unawareness, noun

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