oblivious

oblivious
oblivious (adj.) mid-15c., from L. obliviosus "forgetful, producing forgetfulness," from oblivionem (see OBLIVION (Cf. oblivion)). Meaning "unaware, unconscious (of something)" is from 1862, formerly regarded as erroneous, this is now the general meaning and the word has lost its original sense of "no longer aware or mindful." Properly should be used with to, not of. Related: Obliviously; obliviousness.

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