- 1Showing or suggesting that one has knowledge or awareness that is secret or known to only a few people: a knowing smileMore example sentences
- The trio share knowing smiles, suggesting a sexual familiarity I don't want or need to know about.
- His lips curved into a knowing smile though Georgia tried to keep her expression as disinterested as possible.
- Like most of the vitriol directed their way, they take it with a pinch of salt, a knowing smile and a guarantee they'll have the last laugh.
- 1.1chiefly • derogatory Experienced or shrewd, especially excessively or prematurely so: today’s society is too knowing, too corruptMore example sentences
- A team needs a mix of youth and experience, of young legs and knowing minds.
- She seems a touch too knowing for a 14-year-old.
- As a person, though, she is very knowing, which is why she's trying to get through the whole thing with a minimum amount of fuss.
- 2Done in full awareness or consciousness: a knowing breach of the order by the appellantsMore example sentences
- This national celebration was full of knowing ironies and jokes within jokes within jokes.
- In these cases, the conduct of the employees or agents did involve a knowing and deliberate breach of the order.
- The claimant originally pleaded that the bank was guilty of knowing receipt of funds transferred in breach of trust.
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- The state of being aware or informed.More example sentences
- As you can see the Vedic way of knowing suggests that knowledge is an intrinsic feature of the soul.
- This other way of knowing resists the objectification and categorization of our experience of place.
- By the time students enter colleges or universities, if they do, their ideas and values about thinking and knowing will have been years in the making.
there is no knowing
- No one can tell.More example sentences
- A very fit and active 72-year old, she is obviously a woman who lives life to the fullest and with a gold medal for indoor rowing there is no knowing what she will achieve in the years that lie ahead.
- And the trouble has barely started - water supplies are contaminated, there is no food etc. etc. - once the epidemics start there is no knowing what might happen.
- As for now there is no knowing for sure which way our high interest rates, hurtful as they are, will go especially if Government does reduce its borrowing.
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- The series mostly stands apart by virtue of its knowingness - it series laughs at itself before anyone can take it too seriously.
- But Far from Heaven is a film of great emotional resonance precisely because it hasn't a trace of irony or knowingness.
- He is painter who is acutely self aware, but in a lesson to many other artists, he never lets that self awareness curdle into cloying knowingness.