Definition of witting in English:

witting

adjective

  • 1Done in full awareness or consciousness; deliberate.

    ‘the witting and unwitting complicity of the institutions’
    • ‘The top bankers and their top legal firms are all part of a very deliberate and witting money laundering apparatus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We want witting, not unwitting, understanding.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person) conscious or aware of the full facts of a situation.
      ‘a witting accomplice’
      • ‘Nowadays many would prefer to forget it, lest its memory serve as a reproach against those who were witting or unwitting apologists for appeasement.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The government never explains why it is precisely those who oppose the government's policies from the left who represent witting or unwitting allies of terrorism.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from wit + -ing.

Pronunciation

witting

/ˈwɪtɪŋ/