from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being unknowing; ignorance.

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  • noun The quality of not knowing; ignorance of something.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun unconsciousness resulting from lack of knowledge or attention
  • noun ignorance (especially of orthodox beliefs)


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unknowing +‎ -ness


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  • Even though Nick Garza is never mentioned by name, the poems are intended to reflect the sensation of "unknowingness" that surrounded his disappearance. 2010

  • A state of blessed "unknowingness" that is markedly different from ignorance.

    Catholic Exchange Kimberly S. Wasson 2008

  • A movement like this can help a nation by acting as a corrective, or it can descend into a corrosive populism that celebrates unknowingness as authenticity, that confuses showiness with seriousness and vulgarity with true conviction.

    Why It's Time for the Tea Party 2010

  • No matter how momentous the events they recount — or even if there is nothing to recount — diaries display a fundamental unknowingness about how things will turn out, which is an ingredient that the best works of narrative history can almost never capture.

    A Tale of Two Sittings Murphy, Cullen 2008

  • This place of unknowingness is, of course, where all of us live.

    A Tale of Two Sittings Murphy, Cullen 2008

  • I think a book that can make me think, remind me of terror and my unknowingness, well, that's a book worth reading, even if it doesn't answer all the questions I want to ask.

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  • And so we routinely celebrate our current level of unknowingness.

    Traditional Media’s Digital Experiment 2007

  • Nothing can change the knowledge giving you by god, into and unknowingness.

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  • Reading the book brings back the wonder, the terror, and the feelings of unknowingness I had when I first saw Julia's tatoo.

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  • How were you able to console them at that time of unknowingness?

    CNN Transcript Apr 6, 2003 2003

  • The fear of such unforeseen effects — what Kuzma calls “unknowingness” — is perhaps consumers’ biggest concern when it comes to G.M.O.s.

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