- without knowing or being aware; unintentionally
- unexpectedly; suddenly; by surprise: to sneak up on someone unawares
- By surprise; unexpectedly: “Sorrow comes to all; and to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares” (Abraham Lincoln).
- Without forethought or plan: discovered that he had unawares given offense. See Usage Note at unaware.