unwittingly

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unwitting +‎ -ly.

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unwittingly (comparative more unwittingly, superlative most unwittingly)

  1. In an unwitting manner; inadvertently, obliviously, unintentionally, unknowingly.
    Antonyms: advertently, consciously, deliberately, knowingly, intentionally, purposely
    She realized to her horror that she had unwittingly helped those people she most despised.
    • 1702, John Halle, A Modest Enquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft:
      And what grief of heart it brings to a tender conscience, to have been unwittingly encouraging of the Sufferings of the innocent.
    • 2017 September 27, David Browne, “Hugh Hefner, ‘Playboy’ Founder, Dead at 91: Legendary Magazine Editor Helped Spark the Sexual Revolution”, in Rolling Stone[1], archived from the original on 15 March 2018:
      In the fall of 2016, [Hugh] Hefner was the subject of rumors about his health. As per his wishes, he was to be buried in a crypt next to that of Marilyn Monroe, who'd unwittingly helped launch Playboy into the multi-million-dollar business it became.

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