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 unthinking (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unthinking in a Sentence

His unthinking agreement made me uneasy.
Recent Examples on the Web The boomers worked with the material they were given, and part of what they were given was a lifeless religious establishmentarianism and an unthinking faith in the power of government. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘Boomers’ Review: Eminent Aquarians," 15 Jan. 2021 The Titans are former Eldians, forcibly transformed into unthinking beasts by a nation called Marley. Shaan Amin, The New Republic, "Why Attack on Titan Is the Alt-Right’s Favorite Manga," 16 Nov. 2020 Like an unthinking Instagram user, the dolls both shop and are sold as products themselves. Washington Post, "The latest show at Von Ammon Co. gallery is a mess. And that’s the point.," 10 Sep. 2020 Moral complexity may be an argument against unthinking iconoclasm. Kenan Malik, The New York Review of Books, "When Monuments Fall," 9 Sep. 2020 Intense emotion, unsurprisingly, suffuses these writings, as does longing for our prior, unthinking ease of connection and closeness. Joan Frank, Washington Post, "Ninety writers offer their thoughts on life during a pandemic," 20 Aug. 2020 Yet to assume that Black people will flock to West is to assume that Black people are as unthinking as West claims Black Democrats to be. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "How Kanye West Became a Political Pawn," 14 Aug. 2020 This has less to do with the Christian proposition and more to do with a modish and unthinking progressivism. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Pope Francis, Wayward Shepherd," 6 Feb. 2020 Bezos has turned his site into an almost unthinking habit. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unthinking

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unthinking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unthinking. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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


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Kids Definition of unthinking

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

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