in·​ad·​vis·​able ˌi-nəd-ˈvī-zə-bəl How to pronounce inadvisable (audio)
: not advisable : not wise or prudent
inadvisable haste
inadvisability noun

Example Sentences

The procedure is inadvisable because of the risks involved. It would be highly inadvisable to attempt to do this ourselves.
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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inadvisable was in 1870

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“Inadvisable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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in·​ad·​vis·​able ˌin-əd-ˈvī-zə-bəl How to pronounce inadvisable (audio)
: not wise to do : not advisable : unwise
inadvisable haste
inadvisability noun

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