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unknowing

[ uhn-noh-ing ]
/ ʌnˈnoʊ ɪŋ /
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adjective

ignorant or unaware: unknowing aid to the enemy.

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blind, unconscious, blank, deaf, ignorant, inattentive, negligent, oblivious, uneducated, unenlightened, uninformed, unschooled, uninstructed

Nearby words

unkindly, unknightly, unknit, unknot, unknowable, unknowing, unknowingly, unknown, unknown quantity, unknown soldier, unlace

Origin of unknowing

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at un-1, knowing
Related formsun·know·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for unknowing

unknowing

/ (ʌnˈnəʊɪŋ) /

adjective

not knowing; ignorant
(postpositive often foll by of) without knowledge or unaware (of)
Derived Formsunknowingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unknowing

unknowing


adj.

c.1300, "without knowledge, ignorant," from un- (1) "not" + present participle of know (v.). Noun meaning "ignorance" is mid-14c. Related: Unknowingly.

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