Meaning of witting in English:



  • 1Done in full awareness or consciousness; deliberate.

    ‘the witting and unwitting complicity of the institutions’
    • ‘Both films feature a friend who helps eliminate the protagonist's problems via murder, and, in the process, gains the witting or unwitting complicity of the hero.’
    • ‘The top bankers and their top legal firms are all part of a very deliberate and witting money laundering apparatus.’
    • ‘Whether this is a witting or an unwitting acting choice, or a thematic directorial decision to make us see that Kate is only playing ‘The Shrew,’ it throws the entire play off balance.’
    • ‘As reported on our front page, Bulgaria plans to tighten up controls to prevent the violations, witting and unwitting, which have followed its acceptance by the Schengen family.’
    • ‘We want witting, not unwitting, understanding.’
    1. 1.1(of a person) conscious or aware of the full facts of a situation.
      ‘a witting accomplice’
      • ‘Could there have been any other witting leaders?’
      • ‘I have heard the number ‘150,’ but we should think in terms of much larger numbers, including the additional witting and unwitting accomplices aiding and abetting the enemy.’
      • ‘Now and then a few people, witting or unwitting postmodernists, who think that social constructs trump the laws of physics, are mowed down by logging trucks.’
      • ‘Nowadays many would prefer to forget it, lest its memory serve as a reproach against those who were witting or unwitting apologists for appeasement.’
      • ‘As in the Democracy, the coming of equality and the death of his own class exist as providential forces, of which monarchs are both the witting and unwitting agents.’


Late Middle English from wit+ -ing.