unwitting

[ uhn-wit-ing ]
/ ʌnˈwɪt ɪŋ /

adjective

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

Origin of unwitting

before 900; Middle English; Old English unwittende; see un-1, wit2, -ing2
Related formsun·wit·ting·ly, adverbun·wit·ting·ness, noun

Definition for unwitting (2 of 2)

unwit

[ uhn-wit ]
/ ʌnˈwɪt /

verb (used with object), un·wit·ted, un·wit·ting.

Obsolete. to render devoid of wit; derange.

Origin of unwit

First recorded in 1595–1605; un-2 + wit1
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British Dictionary definitions for unwitting

unwitting

/ (ʌnˈwɪtɪŋ) /

adjective (usually prenominal)

not knowing or conscious
not intentional; inadvertent
Derived Formsunwittingly, 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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Word Origin and History for unwitting

unwitting


adj.

Old English unwitende, from un- (1) "not" + witting. Cf. Old High German unwizzanti, German unwissend, Old Norse uvitandi, Gothic unwitands. Rare after c.1600; revived c.1800.

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