Definition of knowingly in English:


Line breaks: know|ing¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈnəʊɪŋli


1In a way that suggests one has secret knowledge or awareness: Amy looked at me knowingly
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  • His mother smiles knowingly at his typically honest assessment.
  • She nods knowingly at the woman's frustration, vowing to stop by the coffee shop the next time she's in Farmington.
  • Cecil, meanwhile, became bolder with every minute, and looked at Gus, knowingly.
2In full awareness or consciousness; deliberately: when a journalist knowingly misleads their readers
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  • The author refers to a conflict of which he either has little understanding, or knowingly distorts the truth.
  • The evaluator is kept blind to the controls to prevent him or her from subtly tipping off the subject, either knowingly or unknowingly.
  • The swearing of an untrue affidavit of documents is perhaps the most obvious example of conduct which his solicitor cannot knowingly permit.

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