wittingly or not

idiom

: whether one means to or not
Some parents, wittingly or not, don't spend enough time with their children.

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Recent Examples on the Web Gangs control the area and police say many of the informal vendors on the sidewalks are part of the larger drug economy, wittingly or not. Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2023 The professionalization of the violent protests with the help from Americans—wittingly or not—changes the game in a major way, and could foretell troubles ahead for other nations where a Trumpist rejection of a democratic loss could come with dire consequences for democracy itself. Philip Elliott, Time, 9 Jan. 2023 But her case is yet another reminder of how cheating in endurance sports often involves running afoul of a banal bureaucracy, whether wittingly or not. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 27 Oct. 2022 Essentially there are little to no controls on tech from some 7000 American AI companies making their way to the Chinese military, wittingly or not. Roslyn Layton, Forbes, 23 Apr. 2022 The university offered no details about how anyone at the university had helped Singer, wittingly or not, create a side door into Stanford through the athletic department. New York Times, 27 Sep. 2021 Not everyone was thrilled by this, as TV station KHOU reported, although all had at some point signed up for the plans, wittingly or not. Will Englund, Anchorage Daily News, 3 July 2021 Coaches and teachers, wittingly or not, reinforce traditional expectations around boyhood, too. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2021 In taking aim at the payroll tax, suspended as of September 1 by executive order, President Trump, wittingly or not, fired a shot at a profound and prolific destroyer of American jobs. Joseph W. Sullivan, National Review, 8 Sep. 2020

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“Wittingly or not.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wittingly%20or%20not. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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