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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unwittingly \ ˌən-​ˈwi-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce unwittingly (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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By scraping data from, say, on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram a smart profile of a manager or his unwitting assistant begins to take shape. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Artificial Intelligence Is About to Make Ransomware Hack Attacks Even Scarier," 21 June 2019 Bonus take: With the favorable currency exchange rate, there’s also a promising promotional opportunity to fool unwitting Floridians into thinking their tickets actually cost 25% less than the ones in Montreal. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck stops: On the Rays' two-country solution, the Lakers' deal and more Orioles tanking talk," 21 June 2019 The wallets were in fact transparent business card cases, specifically selected so the unwitting subjects would be able to see the contents inside: three identical business cards, a grocery list and a key. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "People Are Surprisingly Honest About Returning Lost Wallets," 21 June 2019 The movie puts Aniston and Sandler's Audrey and Nick Spitz on a yacht, the unwitting guests of rich playboy Charles Cavendish (Luke Evans). Andrea Reiher, refinery29.com, "How Netflix's Murder Mystery Ends, In Case You're Curious But Not That Curious," 15 June 2019 As public outcry mounts over companies like Facebook collecting and selling user information, the new proposal would prime courts and legislatures to give businesses even more power to extract data from unwitting consumers. Ian Macdougall, ProPublica, "Soon You May Not Even Have to Click on a Website Contract to Be Bound by Its Terms," 20 May 2019 Investors can be left holding the bag: Such premiums can evaporate in seconds when normal trading resumes, leaving unwitting investors with abrupt losses. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "Pot Premium: Surging Demand Inflates Price of Marijuana ETF," 22 Sep. 2018 What’s worse, Russia found unwitting Americans to serve as assets who helped spread the IRA’s propaganda. Alex Ward, Vox, "4 main takeaways from new reports on Russia’s 2016 election interference," 17 Dec. 2018 Nevertheless, her pristine beauty can turn the viewer into an unwitting voyeur. Tom L. Freudenheim, WSJ, "A Portrait Both Sensible and Sensual," 11 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of unwitting

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

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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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