un·​wit·​ting | \ ˌən-ˈwi-tiŋ How to pronounce unwitting (audio) \

Definition of unwitting

1 : not knowing : unaware kept the truth from their unwitting friends
2 : not intended : inadvertent an unwitting mistake

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Other Words from unwitting

unwittingly \ ˌən-​ˈwi-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce unwitting (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unwitting in a Sentence

He kept the truth from his unwitting friends. an unwitting victim of fraud
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First Known Use of unwitting

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unwitting was before the 12th century

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“Unwitting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwitting. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unwitting

: not aware of what is really happening
: not intended or planned

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