in·ad·vis·able | \ˌi-nəd-ˈvī-zə-bəl \

Definition of inadvisable 

: not advisable : not wise or prudent inadvisable haste

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inadvisability \ˌi-nəd-ˌvī-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ 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.

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Depending on the timing and severity of the diagnosis, delaying chemotherapy for the sake of egg collection may be inadvisable. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Artificial Ovaries Could Expand Fertility Options For Chemo Patients," 5 July 2018 More Art Reviews For an art critic, however, this exhibition is problematic; seeing the show disinterestedly is perhaps inadvisable. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture’ Review: Biography at the Forefront," 15 May 2018 Even the commotion over Barry Smith's previous use of an inadvisable word in Episode 3 reared its head again, although only briefly. Mike Scott,, "'Southern Charm New Orleans' goes ghost hunting at the Myrtles," 14 May 2018 His doctor laid out his options: A hard collar would let the bones mend on their own, but was inadvisable because of the fracture’s severity. Lindsay Crouse, New York Times, "This Man Expects to Run a 2:50 in the Boston Marathon on Monday," 12 Apr. 2018 In explaining this decision, Attorney General Jeff Sessions argued that DACA was illegitimate as a matter of constitutional law, and inadvisable as a matter of policy. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Has Lost the Upper Hand in the Immigration Fight," 5 Feb. 2018 The gorilla's keepers get a chance to rub his belly and shoulders, hold his hand for a moment, things that would be inadvisable without this heavy sedation. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Texican: Up close and personal with a gorilla," 14 Feb. 2018 The inadvisable habit of texting while driving could go the way of failure to wear a seatbelt if Deerfield Beach District 4 Commissioner Todd Drosky has his way. Elizabeth Roberts,, "Deerfield commissioner looks for support on texting legislation," 13 Sep. 2017 Skinny jeans are also inadvisable for other reasons. Chase Scheinbaum, Esquire, "Is Your Cell Phone Destroying Your Balls?," 11 July 2016

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First Known Use of inadvisable

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inadvisable was in 1870

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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 \

Kids Definition of inadvisable

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

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