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[uhn-wair-ee] /ʌnˈwɛər i/
adjective, unwarier, unwariest.
not wary; not cautious or watchful, as against danger or misfortune.
Origin of unwary
1570-80; un-1 + wary
Related forms
unwarily, adverb
unwariness, noun
incautious, indiscreet, rash, heedless.
careful, cautious. Unabridged
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  • This Highlander of the Devil had some mechanism in his purse that discharged a small steel pistol when unwarily opened.

    Old Friends Andrew Lang
  • Thereupon, Franklin tells us, the Commissioners "did frankly but unwarily give the Orders."

  • One evening unwarily he allowed something alarming to happen to him, something worse than stopping to think.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • Then, as I had so often done before, I unwarily gave him an opportunity to enlarge on his theme, to my disadvantage.

  • She unwarily enlarged to him one day upon her disappointment in Florence.

    Aurora the Magnificent Gertrude Hall
  • One beautiful young horse lost its life just before my arrival, unwarily approaching a precipitous incline.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Raskolnikov had unwarily fixed a very long and direct look on him, so that he felt positively affronted.

    Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Colonel Driscoe wrote little but did much which developed later through Dr. Ware who unwarily let the cat out of the bag.

    Those Dale Girls Frank Weston Carruth
  • Glanvil traces the steps by which a well-meaning student may unwarily be involved in diablerie.

  • Marvin Chislett had unwarily peeped from inside the door of his mercantile establishment.

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for unwarily


lacking caution or prudence; not vigilant or careful
Derived Forms
unwarily, adverb
unwariness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unwarily



1570s, from un- (1) "not" + wary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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