in·​ad·​vis·​able | \ ˌi-nəd-ˈvī-zə-bəl How to pronounce inadvisable (audio) \

Definition of inadvisable

: not advisable : not wise or prudent inadvisable haste

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inadvisability \ ˌi-​nəd-​ˌvī-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inadvisable (audio) \ noun

Examples of inadvisable in a Sentence

The procedure is inadvisable because of the risks involved. It would be highly inadvisable to attempt to do this ourselves.
Recent Examples on the Web Now the tournament is back, set this year exclusively in Indiana, as a sprawling nationwide tournament remains inadvisable in a lingering pandemic. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Picking a March Madness Bracket? Here’s What to Know: Don’t Listen to Me," 15 Mar. 2021 Many in the Vatican and Iraq’s clergy thought the trip’s timing inadvisable and hoped the pope would delay it, according to people familiar with the matter. Ghassan Adnan, WSJ, "Pope Francis Prepares to Visit Iraq, Despite Covid-19 and Security Fears," 2 Mar. 2021 Indoor dining is still inadvisable and gathering inside someone’s home isn’t safe. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, "5 best canopy tents for outdoor gatherings in 2021," 22 Feb. 2021 To educate them in human hatred is more disastrous to them than to the hated; to seek to raise them in ignorance of their racial identity and peculiar situation is inadvisable—impossible. Anna Holmes, The Atlantic, "How W. E. B. Du Bois Changed Black Childhood in America," 12 Feb. 2021 Disney shifted first, debuting both Hamilton and Mulan on Disney+ in 2020 when the long-running Covid-19 crisis made cinemagoing either impossible or highly inadvisable. Abigail De Kosnik, Wired, "2021 Will Launch the Platinum Age of Piracy," 12 Dec. 2020 In lieu of holiday events and parties, made inadvisable because of the pandemic, residences and businesses are taking part in a sort of grassroots version of a holiday light display, encompassing the entire town. Steve Smith,, "Simsbury residents, businesses take part in lighting display," 11 Dec. 2020 This seems like an inadvisable risk for a player who is not a star. Star Tribune, "Timberwolves try to improve roster and appease Karl-Anthony Towns at the same time," 26 Nov. 2020 However, a traditional Christmas service with crowded pews and people visiting from all parts of the country is inadvisable. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, "'Tis the season! Or is it? We asked COVID-19 experts: 'Would you do this, doc?'," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of inadvisable

1870, in the meaning defined above

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11 Apr 2021

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“Inadvisable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inadvisable

: not wise, sensible, or reasonable : not advisable


in·​ad·​vis·​able | \ ˌi-nəd-ˈvī-zə-bəl How to pronounce inadvisable (audio) \

Kids Definition of inadvisable

: not wise to do : not advisable It's inadvisable to drive during the storm.

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