witting

noun
wit·​ting | \ˈwi-tᵊn, -tiŋ\

Definition of witting 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 chiefly dialectal : knowledge or awareness of something : cognizance

2 chiefly dialectal : information obtained or communicated : news

witting

adjective
wit·​ting | \ˈwi-tiŋ \

Definition of witting (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : cognizant or aware of something : conscious a witting participant

2 : done deliberately : intentional a witting violation

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Other Words from witting

Adjective

wittingly \ ˈwi-​tiŋ-​lē \ 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

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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, "Read Former FBI Director James Comey's Full Remarks for His Senate Hearing Tomorrow," 7 June 2017 These agencies, in turn, viewed Mr. Trump as a witting or unwitting Kremlin agent. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Why the CIA Needs Its Own Horowitz Report," 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, "Mueller eyes charges against Russians who stole, spread Democrats’ emails," 1 Mar. 2018 Harvey Weinstein built his complicity machine out of the witting, the unwitting and those in between. Carina Chocano, New York Times, "Behind Every Villain Stands Someone ‘Complicit’," 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, "James Comey statement: Read former FBI chief detail meetings with Trump over Russia," 8 June 2017 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, "James Comey statement: Read former FBI chief detail meetings with Trump over Russia," 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, "James Comey’s Statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee Is the Most Epic Dry-Snitch of All Time," 8 June 2017 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, "James Comey statement: Read former FBI chief detail meetings with Trump over Russia," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of witting

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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