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Definition not intentional (without knowledge)
  • She unwittingly bought and sold stolen merchandise.
unwittingly = unintentionally (without knowing it)
  • She was an unwitting accomplice in the crime.
  • unwitting = unintentional (without knowing it)
  • Eventually she would have to tell David what she had unwittingly done.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • unwittingly = accidentally
  • The pilot who landed so suddenly in the lake was a fur buyer mapping Cree trapping camps for future buying runs, drawn by Brian when he unwittingly turned on the emergency transmitter and left it going.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • unwittingly = accidentally
  • But she had not dared to sleep, for fear she would kick off the blanket and give herself away—give the Tucks away—unwittingly.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • unwittingly = unintentionally (without knowing it)
  • The kid hits the ground, out cold, unwittingly taking the bullet meant for Connor.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • unwittingly = unintentionally
  • The Chilean farmers who unwittingly risked their lives were ignorant peasants; the government of Chile had an economic crisis to worry about; and the American authorities had no jurisdiction.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • unwittingly = unintentionally (without knowing it)
  • Of this offence Buck was unwittingly guilty, and the first knowledge he had of his indiscretion was when Sol-leks whirled upon him and slashed his shoulder to the bone for three inches up and down.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • unwittingly = unintentionally (without knowing it)
  • 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.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • unwittingly = unintentionally (without knowing it)
  • But no hint to that effect escaping him and his countenance becoming more overcast, I suddenly remembered that I might have been all wrong, and was perhaps playing the fool unwittingly; and I began gently to withdraw myself from his arms — but he eagerly snatched me closer.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • unwittingly = without knowing it
  • Risa has gotten to know an overweight girl prone to tears, a girl wound up from a week of nicotine withdrawal, and a girl who was a ward of the state, just like her—and also just like Risa, an unwitting victim of budget cuts.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • unwitting = unintentional (without knowledge)
  • 4) Away with me, a worthless wretch who slew Unwitting thee, my son, thy mother too.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • "Like what?" said Carrie, unwitting of what was coming.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • And like any unwitting animal that was well and truly caught, Josie could escape only by leaving a piece of herself behind.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Then he talked harshly to the unwitting culprit, and in his voice there was nothing but godlike wrath.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • He closed his eyes and grasped the elbows of the chair, touching unwittingly the lady's arm.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Mrs. Jarvis had turned out to be an unwitting ally.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • There was a feverish triumph in her eyes, and she carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Story of an Hour
  • His mother died in the attempt to save him — and unwittingly provided him with a protection I admit I had not foreseen.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Yet all the same, I must have unwittingly inflicted great pain upon you.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain

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