oblivious

[ uh-bliv-ee-uh s ]
/ əˈblɪv i əs /

adjective

unmindful; unconscious; unaware (usually followed by of or to): She was oblivious of his admiration.
forgetful; without remembrance or memory: oblivious of my former failure.
Archaic. inducing forgetfulness.

Nearby words

  1. obliterative,
  2. obliterative bronchitis,
  3. oblivescence,
  4. obliviate,
  5. oblivion,
  6. oblong,
  7. oblongata,
  8. oblongly,
  9. obloquial,
  10. obloquy

Origin of oblivious

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin oblīviōsus forgetful, equivalent to oblīvī(scī) to for-get + -ōsus -ous

Related forms
Can be confusedoblivious obvious

Synonym study


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British Dictionary definitions for unoblivious

oblivious

/ (əˈblɪvɪəs) /

adjective

(foll by to or of) unaware or forgetful
Derived Formsobliviously, adverbobliviousness, noun

usage

It was formerly considered incorrect to use oblivious to mean unaware, but this use is now acceptable

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Word Origin and History for unoblivious

oblivious

adj.

mid-15c., from Latin obliviosus "forgetful, that easily forgets; producing forgetfulness," from oblivion (see oblivion). Meaning "unaware, unconscious (of something)" is from 1862, formerly regarded as erroneous, this is now the general meaning and the word has lost its original sense of "no longer aware or mindful." Properly should be used with to, not of. Related: Obliviously; obliviousness.

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