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[in-uh d-vahy-zuh-buh l] /ˌɪn ədˈvaɪ zə bəl/
not advisable; inexpedient; unwise.
Origin of inadvisable
1865-70; in-3 + advisable
Related forms
inadvisability, inadvisableness, noun
inadvisably, adverb
imprudent, impolitic, risky.
advisable, prudent, expedient. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for inadvisable
Historical Examples
  • It was inadvisable to go outside the inner circle where there was no material necessity for so doing.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • Swift as were his mental processes, he felt that a longer silence was inadvisable.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • It is inadvisable to rock a child to sleep, it will go to sleep if comfortable.

    Papers on Health John Kirk
  • He wanted to suggest to Manager Fogg that making the change just then would be inadvisable.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Should this occur, it is inadvisable to employ oil, because it would immediately burn up and would only aggravate the conditions.

  • Of course, if you think them inadvisable, I can take them down again.

  • Let me see, yes, in the circumstances I agree with you that it would be inadvisable to postpone the opening.

    The Altar Steps Compton MacKenzie
  • Then you think it would be inadvisable to propose to Miss Virginia immediately, do you?

    Hepsey Burke Frank Noyes Westcott
  • This ferocious threat was interlarded with and followed by a series of terrible oaths which we think it inadvisable to repeat.

  • I hadn't the money on hand, and it was inadvisable to approach the usual sources.

    The Crime Club William Holt-White
British Dictionary definitions for inadvisable


not advisable; not recommended
unwise; imprudent
Derived Forms
inadvisability, inadvisableness, noun
inadvisably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inadvisable

1819, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + advisable.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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