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unwitting Line breaks: un|wit¦ting
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈwɪtɪŋ/

Definition of unwitting in English:


1(Of a person) not aware of the full facts: an unwitting accomplice
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  • I was no longer the poor unwitting victim of some innocent's stupidity; I had been selectively harvested and used as a disguise for an underhand trader.
  • Every nation has its supply of people ready to exploit unwitting members of the public.
  • On the one hand there are those who argue, quite plausibly, that legal and apparently innocent products can introduce nandrolone into the bodies of unwitting athletes.
unmindful, uninformed, ignorant, unenlightened
informal in the dark
2Not done on purpose; unintentional: we are anxious to rectify the unwitting mistakes made in the past
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  • These were all blameless cases of unintentional and unwitting mental telegraphy, I judge.
  • But what could other less reputable concerns do with such data captured inadvertently from unwitting Web sites?
  • However, even if the IRB decide that his deception was unwitting, there appears to be no chance whatsoever that he will play for Scotland again.


Pronunciation: /ʌnˈwɪtɪŋli/
[sentence adverb]: quite unwittingly you played right into my hands that night
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  • It is not beyond us to change the system so that mistakes are not made - even unwittingly.
  • He, unwittingly, shows that he is perhaps not as dumb as people think.
  • Often unwittingly, it plugs an ideology strikingly at odds with his personal commitment.
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  • We can, he occasionally intimates, learn to enjoy our own unwittingness.
  • It's like an initial second of unwittingness, and then gradual recognition of the familiarity.
  • Through our own unwittingness we have become slaves to our own devices.


Old English unwitende 'not knowing or realizing' (see un-1, wit2).

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