ignorant or unaware: unknowing aid to the enemy.

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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Examples from the Web for unknowingly

Contemporary Examples of unknowingly

Historical Examples of unknowingly

  • She did her best, all unknowingly, bless her, to kill the last vestige of manhood in me.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • I did it unknowingly, by this man's contrivance; but not in any fear of him.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • Unknowingly, mind you, for therein existed much of the secret of my power.

    Princess Zara

    Ross Beeckman

  • It was not inconceivable that she should have unknowingly fallen in love with an android.

    The Jupiter Weapon

    Charles Louis Fontenay

  • Unknowingly, he had ceased to be a man and had become a ferret.

British Dictionary definitions for unknowingly



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 unknowingly



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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