Definition of oblivious in English:



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

    ‘she became absorbed, oblivious to the passage of time’
    • ‘Meila was asleep and unconscious, oblivious to the days that had already happened.’
    • ‘This is also a favourite hang out for the local underage kids to smoke cigarettes out of the view of oblivious parents.’
    • ‘Unbelievably, they can walk among their victims, oblivious to their humanity.’
    • ‘He was very well paid by the corporation but was apparently quite oblivious of the mess into which his company was plunging.’
    • ‘As oblivious of stoplights as he was of pedestrians, he owned the streets.’
    • ‘He is even more taciturn when he drives, often appearing oblivious to any other presence.’
    • ‘Are commuters with glazed expressions dashing hither and thither oblivious to all around them?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wonder is that most of the Cabinet seems supremely oblivious - or dismissive.’
    • ‘Blanche was oblivious as to what was taking place, but Anthony knew only too well.’
    • ‘The moment passes and my partner continues breathing deeply, oblivious to my little dialogue.’
    • ‘They seemed completely oblivious of the thousands of cars, buses and lorries thundering past.’
    • ‘In essence, and oblivious to the purists, the economics simply don't stack up.’
    • ‘His eyes were closed and he was completely oblivious to what was happening around him.’
    • ‘I was not young enough to be oblivious to what was going on and not old enough to know what to do about it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our council seem impervious to criticism and oblivious to basic common sense.’
    • ‘She burst into tears, incredulous, a reaction to which Allen seemed oblivious.’
    • ‘This government is just as oblivious to the suffering of Bahamians as ever before.’
    unaware, unconscious, heedless, unmindful, insensible, unheeding, ignorant, blind, deaf, unsuspecting, unobservant, disregardful, unconcerned, impervious, unaffected, insensitive, indifferent, detached, removed
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Late Middle English: from Latin obliviosus, from oblivio(n-) (see oblivion).