unwittingly


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un·wit·ting

 (ŭn-wĭt′ĭng)
adj.
1. Not knowing; unaware: an unwitting subject in an experiment.
2. Not intended; unintentional: an unwitting admission of guilt.

[Middle English : un-, not; see un-1 + witting, present participle of witten, to know (from Old English witan; see weid- in Indo-European roots).]

un·wit′ting·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.unwittingly - without knowledge or intentionunwittingly - without knowledge or intention; "he unwittingly deleted the references"
knowingly, wittingly - with full knowledge and deliberation; "he wittingly deleted the references"
Translations

unwittingly

[ʌnˈwɪtɪŋlɪ] ADVinconscientemente, sin darse cuenta

unwittingly

[ʌnˈwɪtɪŋli] adv (= without knowing it) → sans le savoir

unwittingly

advunbewusst; I had agreed, albeit unwittingly, to take partich hatte mich völlig ahnungslos dazu bereit erklärt, mitzumachen

unwittingly

[ʌnˈwɪtɪŋlɪ] advsenza volerlo
quite unwittingly → in tutta innocenza
References in classic literature ?
Not supposing it to be only a picture, she flew towards it with a loud whir and unwittingly dashed against the signboard, jarring herself terribly.
In the meantime Telegonus, while travelling in search of his father, lands on Ithaca and ravages the island: Odysseus comes out to defend his country, but is killed by his son unwittingly. Telegonus, on learning his mistake, transports his father's body with Penelope and Telemachus to his mother's island, where Circe makes them immortal, and Telegonus marries Penelope, and Telemachus Circe.
"He sings too much to suit my fancy," was Davis's way of putting it, thereby unwittingly giving the clue to what Collins had vainly sought, and which Collins as unwittingly failed to grasp.
For the deed must either be done or not done,--and that wittingly or unwittingly. But of all these ways, to be about to act knowing the persons, and then not to act, is the worst.
Small wonder if he had, considering the reception he so unwittingly met with.
all the morning long; I squeezed that sperm till I myself almost melted into it; I squeezed that sperm till a strange sort of insanity came over me; and I found myself unwittingly squeezing my co-laborers' hands in it, mistaking their hands for the gentle globules.
For ever afterwards he was glad of that single look of reproach which seemed to escape her unwittingly as her eyes met his.
But, though the world scouts at us whale hunters, yet does it unwittingly pay us the profoundest homage; yea, an all-abounding adoration!
Unwittingly, the ape-man had stumbled upon the forgotten jewel-room of Opar.
To him his life there was an exile, yet perhaps even in spite of himself he breathed in the land of fairies and of "little people" something of their magic: his fingers, unwittingly perhaps, touched the golden and ivory gate so that he entered in and saw.
I was not at all remorseful for having unwittingly set those other branches of the Pocket family to the poor arts they practised: because such littlenesses were their natural bent, and would have been evoked by anybody else, if I had left them slumbering.
That childish confidence of his to me, in which unwittingly he betrayed you, indicates that at last you have been preparing him for the great change, and I suppose you are capable of replying to me that David is still happy, and even interested.