- to forget or lose knowledge of.
- to discard or put aside certain knowledge as being false or binding: to unlearn preconceptions.
- to lose or discard knowledge.
Origin of unlearn
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Examples from the Web for unlearn
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.The Radical History of Mother’s Day
Matthew Paul Turner
May 11, 2014
About how your character and judgments were formed and how you came to unlearn that first and not always painful formation?Marco Roth’s Book Bag: The Anti-Memoir Memoir
October 1, 2013
Two friends try to unlearn bad-relationship habits by dating each other, exclusively, for 40 days.Are the 40 Days Duo Really a Couple?
September 4, 2013
So if PhDs want to be writers, they often have to unlearn what they've learned.What's the Use of a PhD?
February 21, 2013
Getting the Chinese government to unlearn that lesson won't be easy.Obama's China Policy Breakthrough
April 26, 2011
Even to him the best grammar is the shortest and that in which he will have least to unlearn.Cratylus
Tour lesson will be an easy one—you have nothing to unlearn.Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune
Charles James Lever
And it is harder to unlearn an old lesson than to learn a new.
The people of a country do not unlearn in a day the long lessons of the past.The Civilization Of China
Herbert A. Giles
And he was quicker than his educated countrymen, for he had nothing to unlearn.A Short History of England
G. K. Chesterton
- to try to forget (something learnt) or to discard (accumulated knowledge)
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