[ uhn-wit-ing ]
/ ʌnˈwɪt ɪŋ /


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 forms

un·wit·ting·ly, adverbun·wit·ting·ness, noun
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/ (ʌnˈwɪtɪŋ) /

adjective (usually prenominal)

not knowing or conscious
not intentional; inadvertent

Derived Forms

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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