unknowing

adjective
un·​know·​ing | \ˌən-ˈnō-iŋ \

Definition of unknowing 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: not knowing

unknowing

noun

Definition of unknowing (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from unknowing

Adjective

unknowingly \ˌən-​ˈnō-​iŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of unknowing in a Sentence

Adjective

those unknowing people who think that the world is a kindly place are in for a rude awakening the poor woman has been the unknowing target of some pretty vicious gossip

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And the story didn’t specify whether the contract was knowing or unknowing, like what the nature of it was, but the headline was incredibly damning, right? Eric Johnson, Recode, "The media is responsible for President Trump and it still hasn’t learned from 2016, says Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi," 18 Oct. 2018 Left to her lonesome, the same feelings of uncertainty and unknowing that so distressed her at home become oddly liberating, bolstering her quiet curiosity and spirit of adventure. Marley Marius, Vogue, "5 Solo Trips Inspired by Female Travelers in Film," 7 Aug. 2018 The most famous pathogen, of course, is HIV, closely followed by Hepatitis C. These viruses were spread throughout the blood supply to unknowing recipients for years before tests to screen for them were developed. Laura Landro, WSJ, "‘Nine Pints’ Review: The Stuff of Life," 29 Oct. 2018 By saying upfront that the Play Store doesn’t have Fortnite, Google is attempting to protect unknowing users who might download some malicious clone of the app. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Google Play warns users it doesn’t carry Fortnite Battle Royale," 10 Aug. 2018 The ordeal, which lasted for a matter of seconds, merely looks awkward to the unknowing eye. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump walked (briefly) in front of the queen, and apparently that’s not allowed," 14 July 2018 Game 2 of this already fascinating Western Conference finals went to the coach who was constantly criticized by the unknowing masses from Monday night through Wednesday evening. Brian T. Smith, San Francisco Chronicle, "View from Houston: D’Antoni won’t overreact to criticism," 18 May 2018 What data did Facebook use to train its dating algorithms, possibly all the dating apps that required Facebook logins to use were merely unknowing data vacuums for platform. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Former Facebook ad targeting boss Antonio García-Martínez on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 14 May 2018 Laura became an unknowing accessory to Barbish’s schemes, all the while believing equally in the legends of the pearl and the man. Michael Lapointe, The Atlantic, "The Twisted Tale of the World’s Largest Pearl," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of unknowing

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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unknowing

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unknowing

: not aware of what is really happening

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