ill-ad·​vised ˌil-əd-ˈvīzd How to pronounce ill-advised (audio)
: resulting from or showing lack of wise and sufficient counsel or deliberation
an ill-advised decision
ill-advisedly adverb

Examples of ill-advised in a Sentence

an ill-advised criticism of the boss at a company function
Recent Examples on the Web Years of colonization and violence have understandably prompted many to view missionary work as ill-advised at best and fundamentally evil at worst. Christian Zilko, IndieWire, 12 July 2024 But more recently, his bearish stance has proven ill-advised. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 5 July 2024 According to prosecutors, the defendants carried out medically unnecessary or ill-advised skin graft treatments to older patients at a billing rate of approximately $1 million per patient. Robert Legare, CBS News, 27 June 2024 In a statement, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Josh Kurtz said Virginia’s decision was ill-advised and poorly timed. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 25 June 2024 Trump’s offer, however ill-advised, was hardly the first U.S. attempt to intercede in Kashmir. Sumit Ganguly, Foreign Affairs, 30 July 2019 The jail medical staff’s decision to return Serna to the jail’s general population was ill-advised, Montgomery concluded, and health care workers should have responded to the vomiting more effectively. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Apr. 2024 Pandemic Pinnacles took advantage of the two-for-one accrual rate of Pinnacle points during the pandemic, when sailing on a cruise ship was even more ill-advised, to catapult themselves into Pinnacle status. Gary Shteyngart, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2024 Other segments feature a woman being stalked by telephone and a nurse whose decision to steal a ring from a corpse turns out to be very ill-advised. Katie Rife,, 12 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1593, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ill-advised was circa 1593

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“Ill-advised.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: showing bad advice or too little thinking ahead
an ill-advised decision

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