Definition of oblivious in English:


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  • Not aware of or not concerned about what is happening around one.

    ‘she became absorbed, oblivious to the passage of time’
    • ‘the women were oblivious of his presence’
    • ‘Our council seem impervious to criticism and oblivious to basic common sense.’
    • ‘Meila was asleep and unconscious, oblivious to the days that had already happened.’
    • ‘He is even more taciturn when he drives, often appearing oblivious to any other presence.’
    • ‘His eyes were closed and he was completely oblivious to what was happening around him.’
    • ‘Blanche was oblivious as to what was taking place, but Anthony knew only too well.’
    • ‘Unbelievably, they can walk among their victims, oblivious to their humanity.’
    • ‘She burst into tears, incredulous, a reaction to which Allen seemed oblivious.’
    • ‘In essence, and oblivious to the purists, the economics simply don't stack up.’
    • ‘The wonder is that most of the Cabinet seems supremely oblivious - or dismissive.’
    • ‘As oblivious of stoplights as he was of pedestrians, he owned the streets.’
    • ‘This is also a favourite hang out for the local underage kids to smoke cigarettes out of the view of oblivious parents.’
    • ‘Maybe I'm regularly subjected to it whilst I wind my merry oblivious way up and down the country.’
    • ‘It's amazing how you can be completely oblivious to something on your own doorstep.’
    • ‘They seemed completely oblivious of the thousands of cars, buses and lorries thundering past.’
    • ‘The moment passes and my partner continues breathing deeply, oblivious to my little dialogue.’
    • ‘This government is just as oblivious to the suffering of Bahamians as ever before.’
    • ‘He was very well paid by the corporation but was apparently quite oblivious of the mess into which his company was plunging.’
    • ‘Are commuters with glazed expressions dashing hither and thither oblivious to all around them?’
    • ‘As if I was somehow oblivious to the fact that he had to pick and dig and drill and scrape away at my tooth as it valiantly clung to my gums.’
    • ‘I was not young enough to be oblivious to what was going on and not old enough to know what to do about it.’
    unaware, unconscious, heedless, unmindful, insensible, unheeding, ignorant, blind, deaf, unsuspecting, unobservant, disregardful, unconcerned, impervious, unaffected, insensitive, indifferent, detached, removed
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/əˈblivēəs/ /əˈblɪviəs/


Late Middle English from Latin obliviosus, from oblivio(n-) (see oblivion).