un·​know·​ing | \ˌən-ˈnō-iŋ \

Definition of unknowing 

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: not knowing



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

Examples of unknowing in a Sentence


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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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 In each, some ordinary postwar British person—a chartered accountant, a banker, a civil servant, a member of the local committee for overseeing public space—is drawn quite unknowing into a netherworld. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Weird Fiction Is Alive," 7 May 2018 The Hydroxydase, from the Auvergne, was without taste to my unknowing senses but so rich in minerals that it is sold in pharmacies. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "A Users Guide to Bottled Water," 3 May 2018 Palythoa and other coral formations known as Zoanthids release something called a palytoxin into the water when brushed up against in the wild, or by an unknowing aquarium owner's toothbrush. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Airborne poison left Texas family feeling 'like death.' It came from the fish tank | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Apr. 2018 Among those trials was cancer research conducted in the 1930s by an American doctor who reportedly injected unknowing patients with cancer cells. Anne Branigin, The Root, "FDA Launches Investigation Regarding Professor Who Gave Unauthorized Herpes Vaccine to Patients in Caribbean and Illinois: Report," 17 Apr. 2018 For the unknowing, the backdrop is a curved space connecting the Tomorrowland Terrace eating area and the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney's 'purple wall' isn't immune to change," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unknowing


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unknowing was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of unknowing

: not aware of what is really happening

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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