View synonyms for unwittingly


[ uhn-wit-ing-lee ]


  1. without meaning to; unintentionally:

    Users who visit infected websites could unwittingly download malware that steals information in their computers.

  2. through ignorance; through lack of knowledge or awareness:

    A number of women have been unwittingly lured into this scheme by being told they were working on a very important project.

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In “Philoctetes,” a soldier exiled to an island must deal with agonizing wounds, and in “Women of Trachis,” a wife carries out a plot against her unfaithful husband that unwittingly ends with his fatal poisoning.

To make things even more complicated, younger people are often asymptomatic, meaning they could unwittingly transmit the virus, “especially during a multigenerational celebratory Thanksgiving meal,” Walensky said.

Pennsylvania’s Rejection of 372,000 Ballot Applications Bewilders Voters and Strains Election StaffMost rejected applications were deemed duplicates because voters had unwittingly checked a request box during the primary.

When on-campus housing is close to normal capacity, students often have roommates, shared bathrooms, and other opportunities to unwittingly spread the virus.

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I was born deaf, and people hearing me speak for the first time sometimes unwittingly attempt to place my “accent” — a faux pas I usually brush aside.

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Unwittingly or not, modern feminism is leaving its disabled sisters out of the discussion.

It struck me that Charles has, albeit unwittingly, accelerated the tendency for the bad to drive out the good.

It seems that, in doing away with patriarchal authority, we have also, perhaps unwittingly, killed off all the grown-ups.

Sutherland had unwittingly purchased the paintings from a forger in California on eBay.

At least they satirize entitlement instead of unwittingly enacting (and celebrating) it.

He shrank, as from some one who inflicted pain as a child, unwittingly, to see what the effect would be.

There is a natural tendency in men of genius to unwittingly return, under new forms, to old ideas.

Even the Red Cross had unwittingly spread its protection over more than one German agent.

The question was put unwittingly, but being so put Queeker stammered, and again blushed.

She had thought no further than to hide her shame, and in doing it she had unwittingly disinherited her own cousin's child.


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