unthinking

adjective

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

Examples of unthinking in a Sentence

His unthinking agreement made me uneasy.
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Word History

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unthinking was in 1676

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“Unthinking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unthinking. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

unthinking

adjective
un·​think·​ing ˌən-ˈthiŋ-kiŋ How to pronounce unthinking (audio)
ˈən-
1
: not thinking : inattentive, thoughtless
unthinking people who litter the streets
2
: not having the power of thought
unthinkingly adverb

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