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unwitting

[ uhn-wit-ing ]
/ ʌnˈwɪt ɪŋ /
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adjective

not intentional or deliberate; inadvertent; accidental: His insult, though unwitting, pained her.
not knowing; unaware; ignorant; oblivious; unconscious: an unwitting person.

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Origin of unwitting

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English unwittende; see un-1, wit2, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM unwitting

un·wit·ting·ly, adverbun·wit·ting·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unwitting

unwitting
/ (ʌnˈwɪtɪŋ) /

adjective (usually prenominal)

not knowing or conscious
not intentional; inadvertent

Derived forms of unwitting

unwittingly, adverbunwittingness, noun

Word Origin for unwitting

Old English unwitende, from un- 1 + witting, present participle of witan to know; related to Old High German wizzan to know, Old Norse vita
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