un·​think·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈthiŋ-kiŋ How to pronounce unthinking (audio) \

Definition of unthinking

1 : not taking thought : heedless, unmindful the unthinking onlookers
2 : not indicating thought or reflection an unthinking decision
3 : not having the power of thought

Other Words from unthinking

unthinkingly \ ˌən-​ˈthiŋ-​kiŋ-​lē How to pronounce unthinking (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unthinking in a Sentence

His unthinking agreement made me uneasy.
Recent Examples on the Web There follows a curt, violent Scherzo—an apotheosis of unthinking force. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 24 Mar. 2022 In my youth, and perhaps yours, Wilson was presented in history books as a tragic hero whom the unthinking American people didn’t deserve. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 16 Mar. 2022 Finally, Black dismisses as unthinking and unhelpful the characterization of Gröning, Eberling, and their followers by many contemporary commentators as relics of a backward and superstitious rural past. Richard J. Evans, The New Republic, 1 Dec. 2021 The unthinking ageism that has crept into much of the discussion about climate change is a serious problem, given the growing demographic weight and financial power of the older population. Bobby Duffy, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2021 The boomers worked with the material they were given, and part of what they were given was a lifeless religious establishmentarianism and an unthinking faith in the power of government. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 15 Jan. 2021 The Titans are former Eldians, forcibly transformed into unthinking beasts by a nation called Marley. Shaan Amin, The New Republic, 16 Nov. 2020 Like an unthinking Instagram user, the dolls both shop and are sold as products themselves. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2020 Moral complexity may be an argument against unthinking iconoclasm. Kenan Malik, The New York Review of Books, 9 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of unthinking

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unthinking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unthinking. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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un·​think·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈthiŋ-kiŋ How to pronounce unthinking (audio) \

Kids Definition of unthinking

: not thinking about actions or words and how they will affect others unthinking remarks

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