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[uhn-wahyz] /ʌnˈwaɪz/
adjective, unwiser, unwisest.
not wise; foolish; imprudent; lacking in good sense or judgment:
an unwise choice; an unwise man.
Origin of unwise
before 900; Middle English; Old English unwīs. See un-1, wise1
Related forms
unwisely, adverb
unwiseness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unwise
  • All this white seems unwise, a potentially horrible canvas.
  • But nobody ever thought to stop us or suggest that it was perhaps unwise to be scampering through choking clouds of insecticide.
  • As always, it is unwise to make too much of one month's figures.
  • She would have liked to teach history, but being herself a footnote to history rendered that unwise.
  • The campaign is unwise because it seeks to punish and stigmatize those with whom the protesters disagree.
  • One particularly unwise approach, when explaining consistently poor teaching evaluations, is to blame the students.
  • Information about the quality of educational programs and the risks of unwise investments is far from adequate.
  • The variability of economic and social conditions makes such absolute prescriptions unwise.
  • It is unwise for people to attempt to negotiate on their own behalf.
  • Not mine, and it would be unwise to go against the departmental culture on that.
British Dictionary definitions for unwise


lacking wisdom or prudence; foolish
Derived Forms
unwisely, adverb
unwiseness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unwise

Old English unwis, from un- (1) "not" + wise (adj.). Cf. Middle Dutch onwijs, Old High German unwis, German unweise, Old Norse uviss, Gothic unweis.

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