witting

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noun

wit·​ting
ˈwi-tᵊn,
-tiŋ How to pronounce witting (audio)
1
chiefly dialectal : knowledge or awareness of something : cognizance
2
chiefly dialectal : information obtained or communicated : news

witting

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adjective

wit·​ting ˈwi-tiŋ How to pronounce witting (audio)
1
: cognizant or aware of something : conscious
a witting participant
2
: done deliberately : intentional
a witting violation
wittingly adverb

Examples of witting in a Sentence

Adjective she was a witting partner; he had told her about the risk involved your witting assistance in helping the robber escape makes you an accessory after the fact
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Why yes, the face smiling beneath that shock of bleach blonde hair does belong to Tom Schwartz, Vanderpump Rules star and a witting or unwitting accomplice (litigation in the court of public opinion is ongoing) in the Scandoval drama that gripped the nation. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 13 Aug. 2023 The overwhelming majority of the Senate knew that Trump was incompetent, corrupt, and dangerous; indeed, many saw him as a witting or unwitting agent of Vladimir Putin. Ira Shapiro, The New Republic, 6 May 2022 Marcuse has more disciples, witting or unwitting, than Mill does these days. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 21 Mar. 2022 This is, of course, an obvious imbalance and one that would seem to perpetuate a culture of victim-blaming by punishing the (witting or unwitting) distractor and not the distracted. Peggy Drexler, CNN, 26 May 2021 Tuesday’s legal filing focuses on a related defense: That the government targeted him for investigation years ago, whiffed on an earlier probe despite issuing numerous subpoenas, then landed a witting foil in Timothy. John Simerman, NOLA.com, 2 Sep. 2020
Adjective
Because the nature of the hostile foreign nation is well known, counterintelligence investigations tend to be centered on individuals the FBI suspects to be witting or unwitting agents of that foreign power. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, 7 June 2017 These agencies, in turn, viewed Mr. Trump as a witting or unwitting Kremlin agent. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 29 June 2018 Another major unanswered question is whether Mueller's grand jury will charge any Americans as witting participants in the hacking and leaking scheme — including anyone associated with Trump's presidential campaign. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, 1 Mar. 2018 Harvey Weinstein built his complicity machine out of the witting, the unwitting and those in between. Carina Chocano, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2018 Because the nature of the hostile foreign nation is well known, counterintelligence investigations tend to be centered on individuals the FBI suspects to be witting or unwitting agents of that foreign power. Leada Gore, AL.com, 8 June 2017 Let’s continue: Because the nature of the hostile foreign nation is well known, counterintelligence investigations tend to be centered on individuals the FBI suspects to be witting or unwitting agents of that foreign power. Monique Judge, The Root, 8 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of witting was in the 14th century

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“Witting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witting. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

witting

adjective
1
: aware of something : conscious
a witting participant
2
: done deliberately : intentional
a witting mistake
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