Definition of unknowing in English:

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unknowing

Pronunciation: /ʌnˈnəʊɪŋ/

adjective

Not knowing or aware: the lions moved stealthily towards their unknowing victims
More example sentences
  • 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.

noun

[mass noun] literary
Lack of awareness or knowledge.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

unknowingness

noun
Example sentences
  • 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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