unlearn

[ uhn-lurn ]
/ ʌnˈlɜrn /
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verb (used with object)

to forget or lose knowledge of.
to discard or put aside certain knowledge as being false or binding: to unlearn preconceptions.

verb (used without object)

to lose or discard knowledge.

Origin of unlearn

First recorded in 1400–50, unlearn is from the late Middle English word unlernen. See un-2, learn

Definition for unlearning (2 of 2)

learning

[ lur-ning ]
/ ˈlɜr nɪŋ /

noun

knowledge acquired by systematic study in any field of scholarly application.
the act or process of acquiring knowledge or skill.
Psychology. the modification of behavior through practice, training, or experience.

Origin of learning

before 900; Middle English lerning, Old English leornung. See learn, -ing1
SYNONYMS FOR learning
1 Learning, erudition, lore, scholarship refer to knowledge existing or acquired. Learning is the most general term. It may refer to knowledge obtained by systematic study or by trial and error: a man of learning; learning in the real world. Erudition suggests a thorough, formal, and profound sort of knowledge obtained by extensive research; it is especially applied to knowledge in fields other than those of mathematics and physical sciences: a man of vast erudition in languages. Lore is accumulated knowledge in a particular field, especially of a curious, anecdotal, or traditional nature; the word is now somewhat literary: nature lore; local lore. Scholarship is the formalized learning that is taught in schools, especially as actively employed by a person trying to master some field of knowledge or extend its bounds: high standards of scholarship in history.
Related formsun·learn·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unlearning (1 of 2)

learning

/ (ˈlɜːnɪŋ) /

noun

knowledge gained by study; instruction or scholarship
the act of gaining knowledge
psychol any relatively permanent change in behaviour that occurs as a direct result of experience

British Dictionary definitions for unlearning (2 of 2)

unlearn

/ (ʌnˈlɜːn) /

verb -learns, -learning, -learned (-ˈlɜːnd) or -learnt

to try to forget (something learnt) or to discard (accumulated knowledge)
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Word Origin and History for unlearning

learning


n.

Old English leornung "learning, study," from leornian (see learn). Learning curve attested by 1907.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for unlearning

learning

[ lûrnĭng ]

n.

The act, process, or experience of gaining knowledge or skill.
Knowledge or skill gained through schooling or study.
Behavioral modification, especially through experience or conditioning.
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