Definition of unknowing in English:


Syllabification: un·know·ing
Pronunciation: /ˌənˈnō-iNG


  • Not knowing or aware: the lions moved stealthily toward their unknowing victims
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    • A problem that any composition teacher will be aware of is unknowing imitation.
    • The goal is to cause the unknowing victim to lose his teeth as if the result of natural causes.
    • Some of the most successful moments of the project therefore were the spontaneous reactions and participation from the unknowing public, and the happenings that characterise this particular city block.


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  • Lack of awareness or knowledge.
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    • Situatedness promises knowledge but in practice leaves us in a cloud of unknowing about our place in the world.
    • I don't know what we're going to do or when we're going to do it, but at least I'm not lost in what the Trunk called the ‘great cloud of unknowing.’
    • As was the case with Socrates, philosophy has sought to peel itself away from sophism by admitting to its ignorance, as if unknowing were a pathos to be confessed.



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  • In it a motorist was involved in an accident when unknowingly he was suffering from a stroke and was unaware of his unfitness to drive.
  • And if they were doing it unknowingly, they should have investigated before handing over the money, she said.
  • Young says she may have unknowingly had heat stroke a few days ago.


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  • In a similar vein of unknowingness, we also admit we're not sure what it is about either.
  • Tragic, because unknowingness is the human condition, and, in the end, there's no getting around it.
  • That territory, like Beckett's (u-topic) no-spaces, is a beyond-ness or in-between-ness, a de-territorializing move from the known to a condition of unknowingness.

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