un·​think·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈthiŋ-kiŋ How to pronounce unthinking (audio) \

Definition of unthinking

1 : not taking thought : heedless, unmindful the unthinking onlookers
2 : not indicating thought or reflection an unthinking decision
3 : not having the power of thought

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unthinkingly \ ˌən-​ˈthiŋ-​kiŋ-​lē How to pronounce unthinkingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unthinking in a Sentence

His unthinking agreement made me uneasy.
Recent Examples on the Web In these cases, the problem is not unthinking trust. Scientific American, "How Misinformation Spreads—and Why We Trust It," 3 Sep. 2019 But not when a senior government official blunders in unprepared, unthinking and unhelpful. Madeline Roache, Time, "A British-Iranian Woman and Her Husband Are On Hunger Strike Over Her Imprisonment in Iran," 21 June 2019 Both novels use the Brontë fictions to explore the role of the outcast in society and the various forms that imperial, patriarchal oppression — both unthinking and intentional — can take. New York Times, "Two Writers Haunted by Their Caribbean Past," 22 June 2018 People stop looking at him with unthinking respect and admiration. Constance Grady, Vox, "Crime novelist Tana French is at her creepy, thoughtful best with The Witch Elm," 12 Oct. 2018 The caricature that has emerged of Johnson over the years is something of an unthinking brute, a byproduct of his physical gifts. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Dustin Johnson Opts for Poise Over Power at U.S. Open," 15 June 2018 Unlike the Corker-Kaine bill, this actually would require Congress to review the authorization on a periodic basis, preventing war from becoming this country’s unthinking default. Elizabeth Goitein, Fortune, "Congress Is About to Decide Whether to Give Trump More or Less Power to Expand Wars," 4 June 2018 The frenetic and unthinking clampdown on the seasonal visas has been disastrous for Maryland’s fragile and beloved blue crab industry. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Many Maryland watermen deny the crab crisis is Trump’s fault. Except it is.," 7 May 2018 Develop your critical thinking: Robots are wired to be unthinking, uncaring, unemotional, uncritical, uninvolved, irresponsible clumps of hardware. Phil Blair, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Robots are coming for your job, so make sure you’re smarter," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of unthinking

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unthinking

: done or said in a foolish or careless way without thinking about the possible effects : behaving in a foolish or careless way without careful thought


un·​think·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈthiŋ-kiŋ How to pronounce unthinking (audio) \

Kids Definition of unthinking

: not thinking about actions or words and how they will affect others unthinking remarks

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