Definition of unwitting in English:

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unwitting

Pronunciation: /ʌnˈwɪtɪŋ/

adjective

1(Of a person) not aware of the full facts: an unwitting accomplice
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
More example sentences
  • 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.
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Derivatives

unwittingness

noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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